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RTÉ Radio 1 Extra

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RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.png
Broadcast areaIreland (nationwide)
FrequencyDAB: Mux 1
Saorview: Channel 201
Virgin Media: Channel 940
FormatIntelligent speech
OwnerRaidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
RTÉ Radio 1
First air date
1 December 2008 (as RTÉ Choice)
WebsiteRTÉ Radio 1 Extra

RTÉ Radio 1 Extra is one of five digital radio channels produced by the Irish public-service broadcasting service Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).

Initially launched on 1 December 2008 as RTÉ Choice [1] alongside five other new digital channels – with one of which, also called RTÉ Radio 1 Extra but differently formatted (see below), it was merged in May 2013 – the channel offers a continuous service of what it describes as "quality speech from home and abroad". This is made up of programming from international English-language broadcasters such as the BBC, NPR, and a number of others, together with time-shifted elements from the schedule of RTÉ's flagship station RTÉ Radio 1, plus those variations from the main Radio 1 FM schedule (chiefly church services on Sunday mornings and extended live coverage of sporting events) which are currently broadcast on Radio 1's longwave (LW) frequency. Once Radio 1's LW service is withdrawn, these special programmes will be available only on Radio 1 Extra.[2][3] On 6 November 2019, RTÉ management announced that, as part of a major cost-saving program, all its digital radio stations would be closed, including RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.[4]

The channel repeated RTÉ Radio 1's epic 30-hour broadcast of the full text of James Joyce's novel Ulysses for the first time in 38 years on 16 June 2020, beginning at 8 am. The decision to repeat the broadcast was partly influenced by the quarantine introduced in Ireland to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.[5]

Earlier incarnation

From December 2008 until May 2013 the name RTÉ Radio 1 Extra referred to what was essentially a digital relay of the whole of RTÉ Radio 1's LW schedule (that is to say, the RTÉ Radio 1 FM schedule with variations for religious and sports programming). Until January 2013 this service was also available in the UK from the Astra 28.2°E satellite.[6]

An official report into future broadcasting policy, published by RTÉ in January 2013,[7] recommended the merger of RTÉ Choice and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, and this was duly effected in May 2013 with the merged channel carrying the name RTÉ Radio 1 Extra although chiefly continuing the programming content of RTÉ Choice.

See also


  1. ^ RTÉ radio launches stations on digital platform
  2. ^ Press release: RTÉ Radio 1 Moves from Longwave Transmission
  3. ^ BBC News: "RTÉ defers closure of long wave radio service", 15 October 2014
  4. ^ Halpin, Hayley (7 November 2019). "'Today could be our last': Breakfast presenter addresses widespread RTÉ service and job cuts at start of show". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ Ulysses on the radio: a 29-hour epic is released from the archives to mark Bloomsday Irish Independent, 2020-06-14.
  6. ^ RTE Radio 1 extra announce end of UK Satellite Service, 21 January 2013
  7. ^ Official report: RTÉ today, tomorrow

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