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S4C and Welsh Exceptionalism?
Friday 19 February 2016 2:02PM

The problem is not just digital radio that crosses the border, but also FM and TV.

For example, most residents in Ilfracombe, Devon receive their Freeview from the Wenvoe transmitter (with Welsh versions of BBC1, 2, ITV) as it carries all commercial multiplexes and the local relays are just 3 PSB multiplexes.

However almost anyone in South Wales, Mid Wales or North Wales who can receive an English TV transmitter will do so to avoid the Welsh variations.

Wenvoe also used to carry the Welsh opt-outs for Radio 1, despite being the only receivable transmitter for much of the West of England, including almost all of Somerset.

The only real solution to this is to have both English and Welsh TV and radio from various masts on both sides of the border, but obviously this would be incredibly costly and it's questionable whether there is sufficient bandwidth.

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