French Polynesia Government Calls For Restoration Of AM Radio Broadcasts

Radio Polynesie's switch to all FM leaves remote areas with no radio service

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 9, 2017) – The French Polynesian government has asked the public radio broadcaster to reconsider its decision to end transmissions on its AM frequency.

Radio Polynesie Premiere switched to an all FM service at the beginning of December, leaving pockets of inhabitants in valleys and on remote atolls without any local radio service.

The closure alarmed many, in particular those worried about the lack of weather forecasts during the cyclone season.

In a statement, the government said it has already written to the head of France Televisions Delphine Ernotte about the problem.

The radio station had added five FM transmitters to its network of 48 to improve its reach but in an area the size of Europe, the signal fails to reach all communities.

As part of its mission to provide a public service, France Televisions has been reminded of French Polynesia's geographical challenges and asked to maintain this indispensable channel for isolated listeners.

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