Irish public broadcaster RTÃƒâ€° carries the following announcement on its website:
We regret to announce that due to a business policy change by Worldspace, from 0000 UTC on 15th April 2005 our free to air service from WRN via the Worldspace satellite will cease. Our sincere apologies for this situation.
FROM THAT TIME RECEPTION OF OUR SERVICE FROM THE WORLDSPACE SATELLITE WILL REQUIRE PAYMENT OF A MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION.
RTÃƒâ€° are in no way responsible for the imposition of this charge or for the Worldspace policy change.
We are very upset about the announcement of this new situation. We at RTÃƒâ€° are examining our options and making some efforts to maintain the free to air aspect of our service. We will make an announcement regarding the outcome, as soon as possible.
This new policy also affects reception of Radio Netherlands and other international broadcasters which are carried on the WRN transponder. If you are currently listening to us on WorldSpace but will be unable to do so after 15 April, please E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.