UK Shipping Forecast on LW to End?

The possibility of the retirement of Long Wave transmitters could endanger shipping around the UK, as shipping forecasts transmitted on FM would only reach 12 miles off-shore.

Peter Jefferson, a retired shipping forecast announcer, who had provided updates for 40 of the 90 year service was discussing the service at a recent Radio Times Festival in Hampton Court, UK.

He said how many people relied on the service, not just seaman, as some land based listeners used the shipping forecast as a “sleeping pill”

"If long wave is retired, which might be the case, then I don't know what will happen to the shipping forecast." - Peter Jefferson

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