Sunday, November 26, 2006

New BBC chat show on India's Radio One

New BBC chat show on India's Radio One

Category: World Service

Date: 24.11.2006

The BBC is launching a first for India's FM scene with a new and exclusive Hindi-language chat show on its partner FM station, Radio One FM 94.3.From Sunday 26 November, Ek Mulaqat will bring lively and informative interviews with India's leading personalities to Radio One audiences across Delhi and Mumbai.Ek Mulaqat is a weekly show presented by BBC Hindi India Editor, Sanjeev Srivastava. He will tease out the passions, interests and views of some of India's most famous people, including politicians, artists, sports personalities and Bollywood stars, interspersed with the guest's all-time favourite songs.Politician and leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), LK Advani guests on the first Ek Mulaqat with a candid interview including his major influences and a heart-warming insight into his youth.Other guests in the coming weeks include the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit; Union Minister for Agriculture, Sharad Pawar; and cricketer, Irfan Pathan.Sanjeev Srivastava says he is very excited to be launching a new programme for India's radio listeners: "The BBC specialises in bringing the story behind the news. In Ek Mulaqat our endeavour is to bring out the real persona of newsmakers as they open up and reveal their other, less public side, on this show."In his Ek Mulaqat interview, LK Advani will surprise the audience with an accurate voice imitation of a cricket commentator and will name Sachin Tendulkar as his favourite cricketer.LK Advani says: "When one speaks of cricket, the obvious name that comes to mind is Sachin. He has been an integral part of Indian cricket for such a long time - and that is, in itself, a remarkable achievement."There have been other batsmen who have done well and gained popularity but Sachin and our captain, who is known as The Wall, are both outstanding."LK Advani also shares with Ek Mulaqat his love for books and films. Speaking about younger actors, LK Advani praises Rani Mukherjee and Hrithik Roshan but says his all-time favourite actor is Amitabh Bachchan."There are several good artists but to be such an exceptional actor as to stay at the top for all this time? I can't think of another who can match up to him. There is no doubt Amitabh is a class by himself."LK Advani recalls going to see a movie with his uncle in Mumbai in 1957, after a gap of several years. He only agreed to go after reading a newspaper story about a film-goer at Mumbai's Strand Cinema who had died after watching a 3-D horror film."I turned and told my uncle - let's go and see this one today. So, after so many years, I went to see this horror film, moved only by this news item that this man had died."Speaking about books which have influenced his life, LK Advani remembers being greatly inspired by Indian epics such as The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. He recalls reading these in Sindhi, and later in English.Audiences across Delhi and Mumbai can listen to Ek Mulaqat at 12.00 IST every Sunday on Radio One FM 94.3 as well as on BBC Hindi service's shortwave radio broadcasts at 20.00 IST on the same day.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

AIR special transmission in Urdu to Middle East for Haj Pilgrims

All India Radio will broadcast half an hour daily service in Urdu to Saudi Arabia for HajPilgrims from 1st December 2006 to 29th January 2007.

Details as foll :
DATE : 1st Dec, 2006 to 29th Jan, 2007
TIME : 1100 - 1130 IST ( 0530 - 0600 UTC)
PROGRAMME : Special service in Urdu for Haj pilgrims
FREQUENCIES : 11730 (Khampur, Delhi), 15770 (Aligarh), 17845 (Khampur, Delhi)

RTI 2006 Top Ten Taiwan News Stories Contest

Radio Taiwan Intl 2006 Top Ten Taiwan News Stories contest

RTI has recently put this interactive webpage on The National Radio Museum

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AIR must 'tune in' to local flavours: Experts

Wednesday November 22 2006 09:59 IST
BHUBANESWAR:Faced with increasing competition from news channels and a fast dwindling audience, All India Radio seems to have finally woken up to the situation. It has gone back to the drawing board and begun planning a series of initiatives to bring listeners back to its fold.At a two-day conference of the heads of regional news units of AIR of Eastern and North-Eastern Regions held at Puri on November 19 and 20, the directors felt that local content should be given more time-slots in news programmes.Radio is often looked upon as a medium which caters to local populace. It has a wider penetration in rural areas and the most important medium to source information for the masses in the villages and remote areas.Hence, the experts observed that local content should top the priority list, said news editor of AIR Cuttack, Akhil Kumar Mishra. National and international happenings, it was decided, can come next.Once considered a powerful medium, the humble radio set took a backseat ever since cable television made inroads into households. Even in rural areas radio is being considered passe, as more and more villagers are hooked to satellite channels. People even shifted allegiance to DD 1 as it more than made up for their daily dose of entertainment, mostly dominated by local programmes till FM stations came on the scene.Thanks to the popularity of FM service, radio, once again seems to be regaining its pride of place. However, FM's limited reach has confined its popularity to urban pockets. The conference also touched on this point.The participants felt that its reach should be further expanded and FM's sound quality be exploited to air news programmes. The Cuttack FM station has already started airing hourly headlines of two minutes duration from 6 pm to 10 pm.The function which was attended by Director-General of News, AIR, Uma Kanta Mishra and Additional Director-General Akshya Rout discussed incorporating the latest technology in presenting news items, upgradation and innovations. Besides, it focused on cultural and social aspects of news presentations.P K Bandopadhyay, who would succeed the present director general was present.

Voice Hindi test txn

Voice Hindi noted with test txn on 15515 with talks in english/hindi/punjabi.

Schd for this test txn : 0430-0730 UTC on 15515
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