Woofferton Transmitting Station is the UK’s last remaining public service shortwave broadcasting site. Located in the Shropshire countryside near the borders with Herefordshire and Wales, Woofferton is now owned and operated by Encompass, as one of the BBC’s assets which were handed over as part of the privatization of World Service distribution and transmission in 1997. Built in 1943, the station has 10 transmitters. Outside in the antenna field, there are 35 short wave curtain arrays (aerials) supported by 25 masts. The station boasts one of the most modern and capable automation systems at any shortwave station in the world, with the ability for the entire site to be remotely monitored. The flexibility of the onsite systems allows operational staff in London to remotely switch, tune and steer the transmitters and antennas to deliver a seamless broadcast.