The Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, has decided to withdraw four of the six mediumwave licences issued in 2003 to Quality Radio BV. The reason is that Quality Radio has failed to deliver regular programme services on four of the six frequencies, and the Radiocommunications Agency says this is an inefficient use of the spectrum. The frequencies affected are 828, 1224, 1035 and 1557 kHz.
The Radiocommunications Agency has published a 49-page PDF file (in Dutch) containing copies of internal correspondence concerning all six frequencies originally awarded to Quality Radio BV. It includes the full text of the long letter to Quality Radio BV’s owner Ruud Poeze explaining the reasons for the decision on each frequency. The file can be accessed here.
The Radiocommunications Agency says it carried out monitoring of the frequencies on 4-10 October 2005 and again on 31 March and 2-3 April 2006. The Agency notes that no transmissions were observed on 1395 kHz between 4 and 10 October 2005. This was a few weeks after the transmissions of UK broadcaster Big L from the Trintelhaven site were abruptly terminated. The letter to Ruud Poeze also mentions that the Agency received a letter from Mr Poeze on 6 October 2005 requesting that the use of the temporary transmission site at Trintelhaven for 1395 kHz be extended. It also reveals that Mr Poeze was visited by staff of the Radiocommunications Agency on 22 February 2006 and told them that he wanted to transfer the licence for 1395 kHz. The current status of that licence isn’t clear from the published documents.
One other frequency was licensed to Quality Radio - 1584 kHz - and this has not been withdrawn.