Fifty Istanbul radio stations to close next year

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Over one third of Istanbul’s radio stations are soon to fall silent, with the transition to a new radio tower set to seriously limit the airwaves next year, Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet reported on Monday.

Fifty of the city’s 130 radio stations will be taken off the air once the move is made to the new Çamlıca TV Radio Tower due to the tower’s limited capacity. The tower is expected to become operational next year, according to Ahval news.

Turkey’s state radio and television authority released a statement saying the reduction to 80 active radio channels would do away with the problem of conflicting signals, which had emerged due to the high number of stations in the city. The statement said complaints about conflicting signals had come from as far off as Bulgaria.

The price for a frequency will be 20 million lira, the authority said.

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