RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
|Broadcast area||Ireland (nationwide)|
|Frequency||DAB Radio: Mux 1
UPC Ireland: Channel 944
Saorview: Channel 201
|First air date||1 December 2008 (as RTÉ Choice)|
|Owner||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
|Sister stations||RTÉ Radio 1|
|Website||RTÉ Radio 1 Extra|
Initially launched on 1 December 2008 as RTÉ Choice  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 Once Radio 1's LW service is withdrawn, these special programmes will be available only on Radio 1 Extra.
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.
An official report into future broadcasting policy, published by RTÉ in January 2013, 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.
- RTÉ radio launches stations on digital platform
- Press release: RTÉ Radio 1 Moves from Longwave Transmission
- BBC News: "RTÉ defers closure of long wave radio service", 15 October 2014
- RTE Radio 1 extra announce end of UK Satellite Service www.a516digital.com, 21 January 2013
- Official report: RTÉ today, tomorrow