18 February, 2013

london traffic pirate announcement

In-car radios in the UK often have a feature called Traffic Announcement, transmitted as part of RDS, which lets the current channel (or another non-radio input such as CD/mp3 player) be interrupted with a traffic programme being broadcast on another channel.

Driving on the M25 and listening to BBC Radio 1 the other week, the traffic flag clicked on and switched me to receiving some dodgy pirate radio station!

I wondered if this was accidental. Maybe not so accidental though - it turns out many of the pirate radio stations round London transmit RDS.

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