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Nationwide not surprised by AM band shut down

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2009 | 8:29 AM

The chief executive officer of Nationwide News Network, Cliff Hughes says the decision by the RJR Communications Group to end broadcasting on the AM frequency is not surprising.

Yesterday RJR ended transmission on the frequency five minutes into the Nationwide major news at 5.

According to Hughes both parties have been in discussion for sometime and accepted that broadcasting on the frequency was not financially viable.

He also admitted that outstanding sums were owed to RJR but said there was no dispute over the amounts owed.

And in a statement yesterday the RJR management said the decision was made after extensive discussions with Nationwide during the past two years, concerning the financial feasibility of the service.

Meanwhile Nationwide says it will be speeding up plans to broadcast on the FM frequency in a matter of weeks, based on a contract signed with the government.