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