Glyn Jones, Acting Chief Executive of Digital One, has expressed regret at the planned closure of the company’s world-famous Birdsong Channel on Sunday night. “When the channel went on air, back in January 2008, we warned that the transmission could cease at any time. There’s never going to be a good time to pull the plug on what some regard as a national treasure, but we’re hoping that at this time of year many people will find an alternative simply by opening a window or taking a walk in the park or countryside.”
The audio was originally recorded for the test transmission of Classic FM prior to its launch in 1992. It was later used for the imaginatively named station “D1_temp” and won plaudits from listeners who complained when it was taken off air in June 2005. Birdsong returned to the airwaves in early 2008 and was upgraded in April of the same year to become available in stereo and for 24 hours a day.
Listeners who are not able to access performances by live birds can click here to listen to the Birdsong, which will continue online at least until the autumn of 2009.
“Birdsong has been more popular with journalists than real listeners”, Glyn Jones added. Stories about the station have appeared in most of the UK’s national newspapers but also on television, radio and in papers around the world. “Many journalists have suggested that as many as half a million people listen to Birdsong each week. But sadly, there’s no evidence for that as the channel’s audience has never been measured. But it’s been a lovely story on slow news days and loads of fun.”
More information about the Birdsong Channel is available at the Radio Birdsong website.
(Source: ukdigitalradio.com via Ray Woodward)