Saturday, May 31, 2008

Relays this weekend

Relays this weekend via 9290 kHz
June 1st
Radio Victoria 11.00 -12.00 UTC
Latvia Today 12.00 - 13.00UTC

MV Baltic Radio is on this Sunday
On the 1st of June 2008
At 1200 UTC on  6140 KHz
MV Baltic Radio is on the air from the transmitting station in Wertachtal Germany.
We will be using a non-directional antenna system (Quadrant antenna).

Good Listening 73s Tom

Weakening Signals

The Listener Signs Off at a Time When Radio's Future Is Fuzzy
By Marc Fisher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 1, 2008; Page M03
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Better signal for unique radio station

Malaysia Sun
Friday 30th May, 2008
The output of the world's highest radio station has been improved, with the inauguration of an FM station and satellite uplink facility in the cold desert region of Ladakh in India. The world's highest radio station located at 11,800 ft above the sea level in Leh district of Ladakh region was linked to low-power transmitters at Nyoma, Khaltsi and Diskit. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has welcomed the introduction of the transmitter and has called for further improvement to cover the shadow areas in the region where television and radio signals are not received due to the difficulty of transmitting through the high mountain ranges. He said the inauguration of the FM station would be a boon for the young generation as radio was a craze with the youth all over the country.

RTI's 80th anniversary

Radio Taiwan International is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. We sincerely welcome our listeners to celebrate this important occasion with us! To participate in the event, all you need to do is to send us a short congratulatory message, preferably in just one sentence!
Time: from June 1 to August 15th (postmarked)
How to participate:
Mail to P. O. Box 123-199, Taipei, 11199, Taiwan.
Email to
Fax to 886-2-28862294
Best entries
RTI will choose 130 listeners for best entry and there will also be 300 consolation prizes! The entries will be chosen on Septemer 9th at RTI's headquarters in Taipei (to make processing easier, please write your name and address legibly)
Best entry prize:(130):a limited edition RTI watch
Consolation prize (300):an RTI t-shirt
Indian listeners can send thier entries to :
RTI, PO BOX 4914, NEW DELHI 110029.

VOA Urdu & English changes

Pakistan is changing to daylight savings time affecting VOA Urdu Service
Thu, 29 May 2008
Due to the local time change in Pakistan the following changes are effective
from 1st June for VOA URDU SERVICE :
MW 972 1539 kHz is available at 1300-0100 hrs instead of 1400-0200 hrs.
SW service 0000-0100 (ex-0100-0200) on 7135 11755 kHz.
SW service 1300-1400 (ex-1400-1500) on 9340 15790 kHz.

VOA drops additional transmission to Asia in English
Wed, 28 May 2008
The additional English transmission to Asia at 0200-0300 is to discontinue
from 31st May 2008
9780 kHz 0200-0300 from Sri Lanka
11705 kHz 0200-0300 from Thailand

Alok Dasgupta via

Times of India group acquires Virgin Radio

Scottish media company SMG has reached a deal to sell Virgin Radio - for less than a quarter of the amount it bought the station for. SMG has sold Virgin to a group led by the Times of India (TIML) for £53.2m. In 2000, it paid £225m for Chris Evans' Ginger Media Group, which included Virgin and a TV production company. SMG plans to use the money to reduce its debts but some of the cash from the sale is expected to be given back to its shareholders. The sale means SMG is now free to concentrate on its TV channel STV, the ITV station in Central and Northern Scotland. A statement from SMG said it would pay back £15m to Bank of Scotland as part of its debt agreements, and a further £4m to its pension fund. Another £1.7m will be retained to give the business "additional headroom and flexibility", the company said. Now is a great period to be entering the UK market and the opportunity to acquire a valuable radio asset couldn't have come at a better time SMG said details of the proposed return of cash to shareholders would be announced in due course. The buyers of Virgin will have to find a new name for the station. It will cost them an extra £8m if they decide to licence that brand name within the next two years. SMG chief executive Rob Woodward said he thought it was a "good deal" for SMG shareholders. He said: "The disposal of Virgin Radio is consistent with our overall strategy and the proceeds of the sale will allow us to return cash to shareholders, as well as further strengthen an already healthy balance sheet." Mr Woodward went on to say that SMG was now "fully focused" on its Scottish-based broadcasting businesses. TIML chief executive AP Parigi said his company had a "proven track record of building powerhouse brands". He said: "Now is a great period to be entering the UK market and the opportunity to acquire a valuable radio asset couldn't have come at a better

Kargil radio to broadcast news bulletin in Balti

By Iftikhar Gilani
NEW DELHI: The newly inaugurated and upgraded Kargil radio station of All India Radio in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) will soon broadcast daily news bulletin in Balti to encourage local and Pakistan's Northern Areas' audiences. Broadcasting Corporation of India Chief Executive Officer BS Lalli said the Balti service would go on air within the next two months. The J&K chief minister has inaugurated the 200 kilowatts (KW) high power transmitter of All India Radio at Kargil. He said the transmission hours of the radio station would be extended from five hours at present to ten hours, with five hours of transmission in local languages and the rest for Urdu transmission.

AIR Kargil waves to go across border

On May 30, All India Radio, Kargil, was put on 200 kilowatt high power transmitter to broaden its reach to all the districts of the state and the northern areas under occupation of Pakistan. This was mainly done to
propagate regional culture..
CJ: Rajesh Bhat ,  8 hours ago
IN YET another effort to strengthen radio network in the border state of Jammu and Kashmir, the All India Radio (AIR), Kargil, on May 30 was put on 200 kilowatt (KW) high power transmitter so that its broadcast could reach all the districts of the state and the northern areas under the occupation of Pakistan. The station was presently functioning with a strength of only one kilowatt and there was a dire need to upgrade the station to propagate the regional culture and also to counter the propaganda from across the border. Chief minister of J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who inaugurated the upgraded transmitter from one to 200 KW, said that it was an important day for the people of the district as the station would now be heard in the entire region and across the border. "The upgradation of AIR Kargil Station would further help the government welfare and development measures reaching the people of the region and their separated brethren across the Line of Control (LoC),'' the chief minister said. The Prasar Bharati has, in the meantime, decided to extend the transmission hours of AIR Kargil from five hours to 10 hours. The chief minister said that five hours of transmission would be in local languages. While another five hours would be dedicated to Urdu, the state language. He said that Urdu connected the three regions of the state where people spoke different languages and dialects. He assured people that the upgraded radio station would promote local culture and languages. Azad also welcomed the assurance by the chief executive officer (CEO) of Prasar Bharati, BS Lalli, that local news bulletin would soon be broadcast from AIR Kargil. He said that the radio station was fitted with two generators of one megawatt each to augment power and ensure interruption free transmission. He said the pair of generators was the biggest for any radio station in the country. Lalli, on the occasion, said that apart from starting local news bulletin from AIR Kargil, Doordarshsn would shortly display temperature of this arid dessert region in national news bulletins. The Kargil station, along with other radio stations in J&K, have played a vital and significant role in promoting the art and culture of the area besides countering the enemy propaganda from across the border. During the wars and conflicts of 1947, 1962, 1965, 1971
and Kargil intrusion of 1999 and even during peace times and natural calamities, the radio stations in J&K have efficiently shouldered the responsibility in fighting the war of words. The first radio station in Jammu and Kashmir was set-up on December 1, 1947 at Jammu in the backdrop of the partition and tribal raid, when rumour mongers were calling shots and disturbing communal harmony in this sensitive border state. In the same year, the state had acceded to India on October 26, 1947 after the signing of the Instrument of Accession with the Union of India. Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, started operating from July 1, 1948.

"Radio has to demonstrate its power in the coming year"

(31 May 2008 3:00 pm) 
MUMBAI: The India Radio Forum's opening CEO Panel Discussion had radio broadcasters discussing the way radio as a medium is perceived by the media buyers and how it should adapt itself in the coming year. Moderated by Media E2E CEO Atul Phadnis, the discussion had a panel of the top radio CEOs in the country, concurring that the radio industry is responsible for its sorry state in terms of advertising. Radio city COO ..............
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

All India Radio Leh goes hi-tech

Rajesh Bhat
ALL INDIA Radio-Leh, the worlds highest radio station in Jammu and Kashmir has gone hi-tech after a satellite up-link facility and an FM transmitter were inaugurated by the state chief minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, on May 29. With these two vital facilities, the reach of this radio station, located at 11,800 feet above the sea level, has been extended to far-off areas like Nyoma, Khaltsi and Diskit. Addressing a well attended function in the premises of the All India Radio-Leh, the chief minister said that the satellite up-link would help people in the region outside the district headquarters to listen to the programmes broadcast from Leh and also allow countrywide direct broadcast of any programme or event. He said that radio is an effective medium of communication. The inauguration of the FM station there is a boon for the young generation as it has become a craze with the youth in India. The popularity of FM transmission has transcended boundaries of popularity and youth are feeling specially connected with these transmissions. He added, Young boys and girls from Leh are studying in educational institutions in Shimla, Chandigarh, Dalhousie, Mumbai and other cities and the number of students from there, studying in other states, is more than the collective number of students from other districts of the state. The FM transmitter will be a good entertainment medium for those students after they return to their homes, following the completion of their studies. Good entertainment is necessary to keep youngsters connected with their place of origin.  In his address, BS Lalli, chief executive officer, Prasar Bharati, described the launch of satellite up-link and FM transmitter as the auspicious occasion for the people of Leh. He said, A big production studio of Doordarshan would soon be inaugurated there, which will promote Ladakhi culture and language. New transmitters will be set up in shadow areas to
enhance the reach of radio broadcast. Thupstan Chewang, MP from Leh, emphasised on effectively countering the propaganda from the neighbouring countries through radio and television. The AIR-Leh has been playing great role in promoting local culture and language.

AIR Kargil station inaugrated

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad today dedicated satellite uplink station and FM transmitter to the people of Ladakh at AIR Leh. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Azad stressed on the need to upgrade transmission and programme production capacity of AIR and Doordarshan in the region. He appealed to the people to make Ladakh attractive from cultural and developmental angles so that the educated youth could stay in the region and give their contribution in the overall development. The CEO Prasar Bharati, BS Lalli in his address said that a state of the production studio will come up in Leh within next two months. Mr. Lalli also announced installation of transmitters in the areas of the region which are not within the reach of AIR so far. Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Mr. Thupstan Chhewang demanded upgradation of Medium Wave transmitter's capacity from 20 KW to 200 KW and FM Transmitter's from present 100 watt to 10 kilowatt and filling up the vacancies in AIR and DDK Leh from among the local people. The MLA from Leh and Commerce and Industry Minister in the state cabinet Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, and Chief Executive Councillor in Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, LAHDC, Leh Mr. Chhering Dorje also spoke on the occasion. Our Correspondent reports that the satellite station, which is 29th in the country, will facilitate relay of programmes originating from AIR Leh through its relay centres at Khaltse, Diskit, and Nyoma to reach the people in the far flung areas on Indo-Pak and India-China borders. The FM transmitter will cater to information and entertainment needs of the local population by relaying FM Rainbow India programme which is very popular in Leh.
(Via Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio )

Radio Japan frequency changes wef 8th June

Radio Japan frequency changes wef 8th June, 2008

Bengali : 1300-1345 UTC on 15215 (ex 17595)
Hindi   : 1345-1430 UTC on 15215 (ex 17595)

All India Radio Kargil to be inaugurated today

A satellite station and FM transmitter are to be dedicated to the people of Ladakh today at AIR Leh. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr.Ghulam Nabi Azad will also dedicate 200 KW High Power Transmitter at AIR Kargil to the people. The satellite station and FM transmitter were made operational in October last year on trial basis. The inaugural function will be presided over by the Chief Executive Councillor in Ladakh Autonomous Hills Development Council, Leh, Mr.Chhering Dorje. The local MLA and Commerce and Industry Minister in the State cabinet Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Mr. Thupstan Chhewang and CEO Prasar Bharati, Mr.B.S. Lalli will be present on the occasion. Our Leh correspondent reports that the satellite station will facilitate relay of programmes originating from AIR Leh through its relay centres at Khaltse, Diskit and Nyoma to reach the people in the far flung areas of Indo-Pak and India-China borders. The FM transmitter will cater to information and entertainment needs of the local population by relaying FM Rainbow programme which is very popular in Leh.
Note by Jose:
(AIR Kargil frequency is 684 Khz. 3 other AIR stations also use the same frequency besides Radio Nepal)

From AIR Website

All India Radio will start broadcasting all national bulletins on its FM channel soon. Addressing the media persons after a two-day conference of CBS heads at Chandigarh Thursday, CEO of the Prasar Bharti BS Lalli said that primary function of radio is that of a public broadcaster but revenue generation has also become important with the ongoing economic growth in the country.
Mr Lalli said that the radio could emerge as best channel of mass communication by striking a balance between its services as a public broadcaster and revenue generation. Mr Lalli said that as a medium radio is potent enough to tap various new cannels of revenue generation through an innovative and professional approach. The CEO said that within another 10 years whole country would be covered under FM broadcasting which is only 35% now. During the meeting it was disclosed that maximum earning of Delhi station was credited to national news.

(Via Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio )

Monday, May 26, 2008

Radio Bulgaria starts DRM tests

BULGARIA DRM tests of Bulgarian National Radio, prgr.Horisont from May 26
0900-1200 on 11900 SOF 020 kW / 306 deg to WeEu Mon-Thu
1300-1600 on 9700 SOF 020 kW / 306 deg to WeEu Mon-Thu
0600-1200 on 11900 SOF 020 kW / 306 deg to WeEu Fri-Sun
(Via Ivo Ivanov, DX Mix News # 522)

New freq 15215 for Radio Japan Bengali & Hindi service

Radio Japan Bengali & Hindi services announced on 25th May that 15215 kHz will replace ( or additional ?) 17595 very soon due to complaints of poor reception from listeners.
Alokesh Gupta,New Delhi.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bhutan Broad. Service broadcasts parliament sessions live on SW

BBS Radio has started live broadcast of Public Sessions of the Parliament on SW frequency (49 meter-band 6035 KHz) and Online Radio (Mon to Fri) from May 19, regular broadcast of the BBS Radio will be on FM frequencies.
(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Radio Sweden Frequency change

From Radio Sweden English website :
Because of interference from other radio stations, we've been forced to change the frequency of our broadcast in English to the Middle East at 15:30 hrs UTC. The current frequency of 11590 kHz is changing on May 25 to 11595 kHz.

RVA antenna's damaged by typhoon Cosme

Radio Veritas Asia informs that during the height of the typhoon Cosme nine out of fifteen antennas in Palauig transmitter site were destroyed. To cope up with this deficiency some of RVA broadcasts have been substituted with available spare antennas (as given below). With this signal deterioration is expected in some of target areas. RVA is trying their best to restore all the antennas in their normal working condition in the soonest possible time.

Temporary Antenna Substitution

Morning broadcast SW1:
Mandarin program at 10/280 instead of 11/350
Filipino program at 8/331 instead of 7/331
Sinhala/Hindi programs at 5/280 instead of 9/280
Urdu program at 16/300 instead of 13/300
Vietnamese program at 16/300 instead of 16/280
Morning Broadcast SW2:
Vietnamese program at 10/280 instead of 9/280
Russian program at 8/331 instead of 12/030
Morning broadcast SW3:
No Changes
Evening Broadcast SW1:
Mandarin program at 8/332 instead of 17/355
Hmong program at 10/280 instead of 9/280
Vatican program at 10/280 instead of 17/355
Filipino program at 10/280 instead of 14/300
Evening Broadcast SW2:
Hindi/Bengali/Urdu programs at 16/300 instead of 15/300

AIR Cuttack - 50 yrs of news service

Saturday May 24 2008 10:31 IST
CUTTACK: All India Radio, Cuttack, has completed 50 years of its news service in the State. From the first news that was broadcast on May 26, 1958, the regional news unit (RNU) has taken great strides and played a pivotal role in disseminating information among the mass population of Orissa. With progress of time it has evolved into a full-fledged news unit broadcasting voice-based news, short news, headlines, signature tunes, sport reports and news capsules in its programmes, Head of RNU AIR Cuttack AK Mishra said.
In Orissa, the Regional News Unit, Cuttack and broadcast of Oriya regional news has completed 50 years of glorious functioning today. It was in May 26th, 1958, the first Oriya regional news bulletin was broadcast from All India Radio, Cuttack. The late Satya Chandra Sadangi was the first newscaster. Through the years, the regional news has been providing news, views, current affairs and whole lot of information to enlighten and empower the public in the state. In spite of booming satellite TV news channels, the AIR-regional news has carved out a special place for itself in growing media market even today.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Burma: BBC World Service launches emergency broadcasts

Friday, May 23, 2008
By Mark Sweney
The BBC World Service is to launch a series of Burmese-language emergency broadcasts in the wake of the destruction of cyclone Nargis. The broadcasts will be funded by a £50,000 donation from Vodafone. The "lifeline" broadcasts, which will be made by the BBC Burmese Service from June 2, will provide information on disease prevention and health with advice on issues such as sanitation and food supplies. The £50,000 donation, from the Vodafone Group Foundation charity, will enable a series of emergency broadcasts of six programmes of five minutes duration for six days each week. The donation has been made to the BBC World Service Trust, the BBC's international development charity, which will develop the broadcasts in partnership with BBC Burmese Service. "As the tragic news from Burma unfolds it has become apparent that traditional aid is not getting through," said Stephen King, director at BBC World Service Trust. "The power of the media offers a vital way of getting people access to information to help them survive and start to recover." The emergency programming will augment existing news and current affairs shows already broadcast in Burma and will reach an estimated seven million listeners.  "The provision of accurate, timely information is a disaster response in its own right and this can help," said Andrew Dunnett, director at Vodafone Group Foundation.
--Source: Guardian

Syntech to enter community radio space

Corporate Bureau
Posted online: Friday , May 23, 2008 at 0005 hrs IST
Kolkata, May 22 Syntech Informatics, promoters of Radio High 92.7 FM, has planned to enter the community radio space in the state within six months. The company will start broadcasting in Midnapore and then in the rest of south Bengal. "We have applied to the ministry of information & broadcasting for a  licence,"said managing director Milon Chakraborty. Syntech made its foray into the FM radio business last year with Radio High 92.7 FM in north Bengal. "We decided to enter the digital entertainment business subsequently," said Chakraborty. The company will invest Rs 10 crore to set up an institute for media training in south Kolkata and community radio stations across south Bengal. "We have acquired 10 acres to set up the institute," Chakraborty said. He said the typical investment for setting up a community radio station is around Rs 25 lakh.
Syntech Informatics group company High Media has forayed into the audio CD and digital cinema Markets. It has produced a digital movie titled Bahir Mahal.

Relays this weekend via 9290 kHz

May 24th
Radio City 09.00 -10.00 UTC and on 945AM 19.00 -20.00UTC
Latvia Today 10.00 -11.00 UTC
Radio Casablanca 11.00 -12.00 UTC
May 25th
Latvia Today 15.00 -16.00 UTC Good listening
73s Tom Taylor

Thursday, May 22, 2008

All India Radio bags 1st prize in the 9th International Radio Festival of Iran

20:16 IST
All India Radio's programme titled 'JANIBA, AME KAMA KARIBA' (THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY) produced in Oriya language by Mr. Padmalochan Das, Programme Executive, All India Radio, Sambalpur (Orissa) has bagged the 1st Prize in the category of Children Programme in the 9th International Radio Festival of Iran in a glittering function held last night in the Isfahan city of Iran, Shri Das received a Golden Statue and a cash prize of Euro 2000 for his awarded programme. The programme disseminates the basic scientific information to children about the making of the solar system, the earth, and its environment in an entertaining way through musical rhymes. It enlightens the children about the factors leading to climatic changes and how to save it. In the programme, two children (Kuni & Mani) are in conversation with their mother in a garden. The sun, the tree, the pond, the butterfly and the fumes have been personified to interact with the children and speak for them. Sh Padmalochan Das also got the 1st Prize in the 8th International Radio Festival Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in 2007 in the category "Other Structures" dealing with HIV/AIDS. Another programme of Mr. Das was awarded Best CBA Awards for his programme in category of the Science Reporting & Programming this year.
(Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India)

International broadcasting becoming more relevant

Globalisation has made international broadcasting more relevant than ever before, a conference in Iran was told today. Richard Sambrook, Director of BBC Global News, said this in a keynote address at the opening of the first International Radio Forum being held in Isfahan.He said the digital media revolution was crossing geographical boundaries, cultures and races, enabling audiences to access information and news wherever and wherever they wanted it. "There was an argument that being international meant being out of touch. It was believed that local and national identities had the upper hand and therefore local and national media would kill off the international broadcaster," he said.
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RFE/RL Accuses Kazakhstan Of Blocking Website

In a "very disturbing" case that smacks of "deliberate interference" by the Kazakh government, Internet users in Kazakhstan have been prevented for more than five weeks from accessing the Kazakh-language website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin has said in a statement. Access to the Kazakh site was interrupted on April 11, the statement said, and has continued despite RFE/RL's repeated requests to the Kazakh government and KazTelecom, the state-run telecom operator, to restore service. Because KazTelecom is the main Internet service provider for Central Asia, access to RFE/RL websites in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan has also been blocked. "This is very disturbing," Gedmin said. "We initially thought we had a technical problem on our hands, but the Kazakh government's refusal to respond to us, after many requests, suggests that it's a case of deliberate interference. If they were interested in restoring our service, they would have and could have done so by now." RFE/RL has provided alternate access to its websites through proxy sites in all four of the affected Central Asian countries, but the original sites remain blocked. Kazakhstan's poor record on media freedom is already under heightened scrutiny. In 2010, the country is due to assume the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Press freedom advocates consider any Kazakh OSCE chairmanship controversial. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based media watchdog, has said the Kazakh government has "total control of influential broadcast media" and a "record of unpunished attacks on the press." The Kazakh case comes on the heels of an unprecedented cyberattack last month on several RFE/RL websites. On April 26, the attack initially targeted the website of the Belarus Service but quickly affected seven other RFE/RL websites, including services to Kosovo and elsewhere in the Balkans, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Iran (Radio Farda), and Russia, including Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. RFE/RL's Kazakh Service, operating from Prague and Almaty, broadcasts Kazakh-language programming daily via satellite, shortwave, and state-owned AM radio. Until April 11, programming was also available via the Internet at RFE/RL is an independent news and broadcast organization funded by the U.S. Congress. Its programs on the radio, Internet, and television reach audiences in 28 languages in 21 countries.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

BBC journalists take up 'Gandhigiri' to protest changes

Posted online: Tuesday , May 20, 2008 at 0735 hrs IST
London, May 20: Several journalists from South Asia working in the BBC World Service have staged a unique floral protest against recent changes that they believe will affect the quality of journalism produced by the 75-year-old broadcaster. Journalists from the Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali and Sinhala sections symbolically laid flowers outside Bush House and placed a large banner across its iron gates, with the words: 'BBC World Service 1932-2008?' The journalists, backed by the National Union of Journalists, have launched a campaign to protest against off-shoring of programming to the Indian sub-continent in what is described as a "money-saving adventure" of the BBC management.  The journalists alleged that BBC was compromising its standards and professional integrity by entering into agreements with governments and subsidiary Companies in the Indian sub-continent. Nearly 60 south Asian journalists gathered at the event, which was addressed by Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary. The NUJ, he said, would turn the protest into a national campaign across Britain. Dear said: "We are committed to opposing these off-shoring plans which are ill-founded and put at threat not just jobs but editorial quality, integrity and the future of the World Service. "You can dress up the changes any way you like – when stripped bare it means more work from fewer staff, more work for less money and an apparent willingness to undermine editorial integrity. This shows a blatant disregard of agreements with staff and unions. "The BBC's behaviour would cause a national scandal if its domestic staff were being treated this way."  Defending the plans to move staff to their countries of origin in south Asia, the BBC said it had plans to have around 50 per cent of overall language service staff located closer to their audiences. Mike Gardner, Head of Media Relations at the BBC World Service, said that the BBC management was in discussions with staff and unions about the changes.
"The proposed redeployments of staff to India, Pakistan and Nepal recognise the new media realities in those countries. It has been BBC World Service's policy for its language services to be working closer to the audiences they serve for some time," he said. The off-shoring involves new contracts for the London-based journalists who have been told to accept redundancy or relocate to their countries of origin in south Asia, and accept downgraded pay conditions.  Indian and other south Asian BBC journalists said that the redeployment would "dismantle a broadcasting service that is the envy of the world". They...

Panchayat Radio' set to stage a comeback

Ramesh Susarla
It will be launched at Gudivada by the month-end
GUNTUR: All India Radio Vijayawada will enter a record of sorts by re-introducing the concept of 'Panchayat Radio' that was in vogue in majority of rural areas. Though the advent of television had weaned away the audience, things have changed now with FM radios making waves. 'Panchayat Radio' will be re-introduced at Tummala Rama Bhramam Park at Gudivada in Krishna district by the end of this month. The then MLA, Annamma Raju, had introduced the community radio in the park in 1939 and 15 years ago the facility became defunct. However, the local Jaycee's Club has come forward to revive it for the youth and elderly, who use this park most. All India Radio Vijayawada Station Director Mangalagiri Aditya Prasad, who was here to attend a programme on Annamayya Jayanti on Monday, told The Hindu that this concept was being given wide publicity so that all panchayats that had funds (Rs.5, 000) with them could reintroduce the 'Panchayat Radio' facility for the farmers, elderly and the youth. He plans to write to the District Panchayat Officers, District Collectors and Panchayat presidents to allow the board to invest in this facility for the entertainment and education of people of the village through FM and MW radio programmes. Jaycee's Club local secretary Satyanarayana Babu said their club would invest in the setting up of public speaker system and an FM amplifier along with MW radio so that all the programmes are heard all over the park and adjoining walking track. The Walkers' Club has also shown interest in reviving the facility for which a room is available so that they could enjoy music during morning and evening and Yuva Vani programmes are very popular, said the AIR Station Director. Similar facility would be introduced in three panchayats initially in Krishna district.

Best satellite radio receivers

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: senior editors David Katzmaier, James Kim and John P. Falcone; contributing writers Steve Guttenberg and Brian Nadel; senior features editor Laura K
May 20, 2008
Are you sick of homogenized music, endless commercials and spotty reception from your local Clear Channel outlet? Step into the 21st century with satellite radio. For a monthly subscription fee (about $13), XM and Sirius offer dozens of commercial-free music stations, plus a variety of sports and uncensored talk and comedy channels as well. The two services have announced their intent to merge, but federal regulators have yet to sign off on the deal. In the meantime, you should choose the............
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Trai initiates work on satellite radio policy

BS Reporter / New Delhi May 20, 2008, 0:24 IST
The regulator may ask broadcasters to abide by the tribunal's pricing formula. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today initiated the consultation process on draft satellite radio policy as proposed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). The satellite radio policy will lay the ground rules for the companies to operate the satellite radio services in the country. Currently, there are no regulations for the satellite radio industry.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Radio Venezuela starts construction of new transmitters

Hi Everybody,
Last week I heard Radio Nacional de Venezuela on 6060 Khz. regularly with English talks on the political developments in Venezuela by a women. The broadcast starts at 1105 UTC and continues until 1117 UTC when it changes over to Spanish broadcasts.The transmitter is in Cuba. But as per the below communique posted on the internet site of Radio Nacional they have begun the construction of their own transmitters located in Venezuela for their internacional programs which is expected to be ready within the next 18 months.

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Radio Nacional de Venezuela > English Bulletin > RNV signal may be heard throughout the American Continent
Publicado por: NAN el 14 Mayo 2008, 07:09 PM
The Hiring commission of the Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information (Minci) and the commission of the Radio Nacional de Venezuela circuit (RNV), gave answers to the concerns of the representatives who participated this Tuesday in the open competition for the work of construction if the Shortwave Center Building for the Autonomous Service Radio Nacional de Venezuela, located in Calabozo, Guarico state. Engineer Luis Alfredo Palacios, an adviser to the RNV circuit, explained the importance of this infrastructure which will propagate the signal and programming of Radio Nacional de Venezuela throughout the American Continent.  "At this time, the International Channel's programming is produced in the RNV's studios and transmitted from the shortwave station of the Republic of Cuba by an agreement signed between the two countries," reported Palacios.  He also stressed that the goal of this project is to build a shortwave station of our own "so that in the near future, we believe that time will be a maximum of 18 months, we can begin to make international broadcasts from this centre."  Palacios also stressed that the project of this shortwave station consists of two phases. The first is expected to be completed in the next 18 months and to cover only the northern hemisphere, and the second would lasts an additional year, with which will be achieved the re-broadcasting of the programming of Radio Nacional de Venezuela throughout Latin America.  Finally, engineer Luis Alfredo Palacios said that Guarico state is a strategic location for the installation of the transmitter antennas because of the place it geographically occupies, at the heart of the country, meaning that there will be an excellent coverage and spreading of the signal of the RNV circuit towards any country in the Americas.
Ashok Bose

Sun TV launches FM station at Kochi

Sun TV Network, a television broadcasting company based in South India,   announced the launching of its FM Radio Station at Kochi under the brand ``S FM`` from May 21, 2008 through its Subsidiary Kal Radio. This Station can be heard at 93.5 MHz frequency in Kochi and will cater to the audience of all age groups. Sun TV will be operating in seven stations, as it already operates FM stations in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Visakhapatnam. Work on 38 FM stations is in progress, as the company has retained 45 FM radio stations across India out of 68 FM stations successfully bid. The SunTV Network originally began as a Tamil satellite channel. It has expanded with other channels in other languages including Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. The channels offered are SunTV, KTV, Sun Music, Sun News, Chutti TV, SuryaTV, GeminiTV, Teja News, Gemini News, Gemini Music, Gemini Cable Vision, UdayaTV, Udaya Movies, Udaya News, etc.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Radio needs to tune in to new thinking

By Glenn Gamboa , Newsday
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Radio - like its symbiotic partner, the music industry, and its mainstream brethren, broadcast television and newspapers - is in serious need of new ideas.
Full story at :

Saturday, May 17, 2008

VOA Changes frequency for Asia in English

Effective 19th May VOA changes frequency for Asia in English:
9345 kHz 1400-1530 from Philippines
9345 kHz 1530-1600 from Sri Lanka
This replaces 15185 kHz at 1400-1500 hrs and 13735 kHz at 1500-1600 hrs.
Alok Dasgupta via

Radio Nigeria Acquires New Transmitters

Developments at Nigeria's premier radio corporation, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), are fast transforming the staid image of Africa's largest radio network. In the past one year, Radio Nigeria has been quietly transforming itself with improved signals, captivating programming, web audio streaming, and, the latest, brand new transmitters at Kaduna and Enugu to be dedicated to educationsl service. When completely installed in December 2008, the 200 MW KW transmitter in Jaji Kaduna would be one of the most powerful radio transmitters in Africa, and, in combination with the 100KW transmitter planned for Enugu in 2009, the whole country and much of Africa would receive the signals. The transmitters, a grant from the Japanese Government, would be digital ready. A statement by Ike Okere, Head of Communications FRCN, indicated that Radio Nigeria Kaduna has begun the process of dismantling its obsolete, 47-year-old MW transmitter to provide space for the new 200 KW transmitter coming from Japan.The process of dismantling the gigantic, obsolete transmitter and its antennae component and installing the new one would take six months. To keep its Hausa language listeners during this transition, Radio Nigeria Kaduna recently commissioned a new Hausa language FM station in Kaduna.It also temporarily fixed its old Short Wave channel on the 49 Metre Band. Karama FM, the call sign of the new FM station, and the SW station would
both continue to carry the quality programmes of Radio Nigeria's famous Hausa Service.The new, public-minded FRCN began sensitising its Hausa Service listeners in early April with regular jingles announcing the transition and the continuation of the Hausa Service on SW and FM. In early May, the zonal director, FRCN Kaduna, Alhaji Ladan Salihu, took pressmen round the transmitting station in Jaji to explain the process of de-commissioning. Hundreds of listeners have been calling in to express support for the planned improvement the new transmitters would bring to Radio Nigeria's signals. "The collaboration with Japan through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would enable Radio Nigeria boost its Hausa and Educational Services in the face of competition from foreign broadcasters such as the BBC, VOA and China Hausa Services", said Mr. Ben Egbuna, FRCN's Director General, in the statement. A Yoruba language station, Amuludun FM, in Ibadan, began transmission last year, while the Igbo language channel is expected to kick-off at Enugu next year. Last year, Radio Nigeria began live web audio streaming of five of its FM stations in Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan and Lagos, thus enabling millions of Nigerians in the diaspora to receive these stations and participate in interactive programmes. A few months ago, it rolled out its VSAT platforms nationwide and thereby started taking the very popular Network News live from across the nation.
The VSAT also enabled the corporation to introduce Network Nigeria, the midday, grassroots-oriented, human-angle news and features programme.The FRCN is Nigeria's premier radio broadcaster. With four National Stations and an Operations Centre on Short and Medium Wave Bands and Thirty-Two (32) FM Stations nationwide, plus the new Web audio streaming, it is Africa's largest radio network. Its network signals, including those of its State stations which broadcast in both English and 15 local languages, are estimated to re ach 120 million listeners daily. Meanwhile, the network has joined the league of world class broadcast organisations that can boast of crystal clear signals. This is made possible by the installation and commissioning of Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) facilities for satellite communications. The V-SAT is used to relay grade 'A' programmes and news items emanating from headquarters to all the national stations comprising Abuja, Kaduna, Ibadan, Enugu and Lagos operations. The FM stations under each
national stations also receive signals for onward transmission through their terrestrial transmitters. The installation with uplink and downlink equipment which effectively captures FRCN signals from headquarters or from other national stations has crystal clear sound quality which is best described as CD quality. Apart from expanding the coverage areas of the Corporation and reduction in downtime, the introduction of V-SAT to its broadcast services has helped to minimise reliance on national infrastructure like NITEL. The Corporation's spokesperson, Ike Okere said the commissioning of the V-SAT whose installation started as far back as 2003, marks the beginning of a new era in the Corporation. "Infact, the current practice whereby our network news can emanate from any of the national stations is an offshoot of the introduction of VSAT in our broadcast services", he said.
(Zacharias Liangas , Thessaloniki Greece via Cumbredx mailing list)

Relays this Sunday

EMR Relay this Sunday
Date  18th of May 2008
Time  12.00 to 12.30 utc
Channel  6140 khz
Relay this weekend via 9290kHz

Date  18th of May 2008
Latvia Today 15.00 -16.00UTC
(Tom Taylor)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bangladesh Betar New SW Freq Schedule

Home Service
Bengali          0000 0405 4750 (New)
Bengali          0830 1810 4750 (ex 1200-1600)
External Service
English (GOS)    1230 1300 7250 South & South-East Asia
Nepalese Service 1315 1345 7250 Nepal
Urdu Service     1400 1430 7250 Pakistan
Hindi Service    1515 1545 7250 India
Arabic Service   1600 1630 7250 Middle East
Bengali Service  1630 1730 7250 Middle East (ex 7250,9550)
English (VOI)    1745 1815 7250 Europe (ex 7250,9550)
English (GOS)    1815 1900 7250 Europe (ex 7250,9550)
Bengali Service  1915 2000 7250 Europe (ex 7250,9550)

GOS - General Overseas Service
VOI - Voice of Islam 
(All times in UTC,Frequencies in kHz)
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Trans World Radio Airing Timely Hope to the Hopeless in Cyclone-Ravaged Country

CARY, NC, May 13, 2008—Listeners in West Africa are the beneficiaries of expanded ministry experienced by international Christian broadcasting network Trans World Radio (TWR), which has added new programs to help reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ in their own heart language.As the beleaguered nation of Myanmar continues to suffer from the mass devastation caused recently by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, international Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) plans to produce special radio programs offering critically needed health and social care information, emotional support and spiritual care for the hurting and hopeless.
TWR's announcement to begin airing these programs to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is especially timely given news reports indicating that the estimated death toll is upwards of 100,000 people, with another 1 million having been displaced from their homes. TWR's over-the-airwave assistance strategy involves offering a full year of dedicated 30-minute broadcasts that will provide biblical counseling and care five days a week. The programming will be specifically designed to help restore the lives and spirits of Myanmar's people. The need for these broadcasts is underscored by the reality that the country has no electricity or telephone connections. Consequently, solar- and battery-powered radio becomes a vital link to the outside world for storm survivors.
"We continue to pray for the Lord’s intervention to comfort, heal and provide ways for scores of people in Myanmar who have lost loved ones or have lost their homes and belongings," says TWR's Andrew Sundar, ministry director for Southeast Asia. "Currently, we are broadcasting existing shortwave programs to Myanmar in both the Burmese and Sgaw Karen languages, but the new relief-focused broadcasts will be vital when it comes to addressing the victims’ ongoing needs."
Please pray that God will provide the $58,000 in necessary funds to produce this special series of programs for the spiritually needy residents of Myanmar.
"The people are desperate and broken-hearted and are going to need significant long-term help," says Sundar. "My hope and prayer is that Trans World Radio can provide a voice of lasting hope and comfort in the days ahead."
(TWR News Release)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Sun TV launches FM station at Nagpur

Max Digital Media Newswire
Thu, 08 May 2008 21:28:00
Sun TV has announced the launch of its FM Radio Station at Nagpur, under the brand 'S FM' from 5th May, 2008 through its Subsidiary M/s. South Asia FM Limited. This Station can be heard at 93.5 MHz frequency in Nagpur and will cater to the audience of all age groups.
Full story at :

Thursday, May 08, 2008

AIR it short, simple, sweet with Ameen Sayani

Tuesday - May 06, 2008
Deepasree Venugopal - | Bangalore
Behno aur Bhaiyo - magical words that bring fond memories of evenings in your living room, listening to Geetmala on All India Radio. Albeit a Hindi programme, people across India seldom missed this radio show, hosted by Ameen Sayani. "P Murari, an advisor to the President of India, once told me that when he was in Chennai as a college boy, he would tune in to listen to Geetmala along with his family every Wednesday. He didn't know much Hindi, but he liked the programme so much that he would get miffed if visitors dropped in unannounced," narrates Sayani. Simplicity is the key to drawing such large audiences says the grand voice of India which has set many a heart aflutter for 60 years. It's his mother Kulsum Sayani who taught him the importance of keeping it simple. "Mother came from a nationalist family. She was a shishya of Gandhiji who asked her to start a fortnightly in Devanagri, Urdu and Gujarati. The line of communication in all three issues was simple. What I learnt was from her is that it's very easy to be difficult, but very difficult to be easy. There are so many languages in India, that if you have to reach the largest number of people, you need to use the same kind of simple yet effective language that Indian film songs use," he says.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Bangladesh Betar Domestic Service on 4750 kHz noted with morning service

I'm now getting Bangladesh Betar Domestic Service Transmission on 4750kHz during morning hours. At first, on sunday i.e. May 4th I found loud & clear signal of Bangladesh Betar around 0231UTC onwards. I recorded some a few minutes of audio that transmission around 0259UTC. There was news in Bengali from 0300UTC. At first I thought due to possible Cyclonic Strom Nargis in parts of Bangladesh , the morning transmission was there as this particular Cyclonic Strom was frequently changing its directions finally hitting some parts of Burma. But I found no special info on Cyclonic Strom during my monitoring periods. This was not the case with CEDAR another Cyclonic Strom in Bay of Bengal during November 2007. There was frequent warning etc announcements about Cyclonic Strom during their special morning to all day long special transmission. Anyway, I found this morning transmission of Bangladesh Betar on 4750kHz also on May 5 (morning prayers etc at early morning ) & May 6 ( at 0100UTC News in Bangla with time signal etc) also. Perhaps they have begun their regular morning transmission again after a long break.

Thanking you.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Feba India launches its new website

BBC World ties up with six mobile service providers in India

BBC World has tied up with six mobile service providers in India and will be looking to provide more content to consumers through the medium including news video clips. "We have BBC World on six mobile platforms in the country and we expect it to grow rapidly," Anne Barnard, Managing Director BBC World, said. The broadcaster would be looking to deliver video news clips on mobiles soon as well, she said. BBC also plans to increase it news programming on its television channel BBC World News and generate content for video on demand and podcasts as well, Barnard said. "We aim to grow audiences and revenue through more live news and other programmes," she said. The audience growth is expected to take place across media streams including the internet and mobile telephones which will provide greater advertising opportunities, Barnard said. BBC World News has a global weekly television audience of 78 million, an increase of 2 million over last year, while the website presently attracts 29 million people a month, BBC officials said. The broadcaster, which recently unveiled a new look to the brand with a change in appearance and name from BBC World, had seen a 25 per cent increase in Asian audiences over the last five years, they said.
(Economic Times)

BBC Urdu bulletins return to Pakistan FM stations after six-month ban

BBC Urdu is relaunching its live five-minute news bulletins on local Pakistan FM partner stations on Tuesday 6 May 2008. This follows their disruption by Pakistani regulators after the imposition of emergency rule on 3 November last year. Pakistan's Information Minister Sherry Rehman told the BBC that, in keeping with the new Government's media policy, there were now no restrictions on BBC news bulletins being broadcast on local channels in Pakistan. She said: "As far as I know, there should be no restrictions on the BBC that PEMRA [Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority] had imposed," she said in an interview with the BBC shortly after addressing the South Asia Free Media Association in Islamabad on the International Press Freedom Day.
"I would encourage you to think that it is not just PEMRA that I am talking about but the Ministry of Information as a facilitator as opposed to a regulator," Ms Rehman said.  "Regulation is a self-imposed thing among responsible, democratic societies and I would leave that to responsible journalists such as yourselves. But certainly as far as the BBC is concerned I see no reasons why it should be under any restrictions," she said. When reminded that PEMRA had imposed restrictions on BBC news bulletins being broadcast live, the Information Minister said she would look into the matter right away. "You have my commitment on changing that," she said. Local FM stations started airing five-minute news bulletins from BBC Urdu after protracted negotiations with PEMRA resulted in BBC news bulletins being permitted to be broadcast through local FM partner stations.  However, within days of launching the BBC bulletins, its partner stations came under pressure from the regulators to block BBC news bulletins. The BBC and its partner Mast FM initiated proceedings in the Sindh High Court which immediately granted the BBC and its partner stations a stay. The court ordered that the status quo be maintained whereby BBC and its partner stations were to continue airing BBC bulletins until the case was decided. Following the imposition of the state of emergency on 3 November last year, the status quo was forcibly altered by the regulators and the bulletins were taken off air. The BBC news bulletins will now resume on 6 May after a break of six months. BBC Urdu Head Mohammed Hanif said: "We welcome the Pakistan Government's commitment to allowing the free flow of information. We know our partner stations and listeners in Pakistan have valued the BBC's impartial and editorially independent news and information."
(BBC World Service Press Office)


Monday, May 05, 2008

Radio Habana Philatelic Contest

Honouring Ernesto Che Guevara on the 40th anniversary of  this death in Bolivia and his 80th birthday.
1) What's your opinion about the first stamp dedicated to the heroic guerrilla Commander?
2) What's the importance of the Cuban postal issues about Ernesto Guevara?
The best 40 answers will be awarded Cuban postal issues on various topics. Besides, all participants will receive Cuban stamps dedicated to Che.
Contest deadline is December 31st, 2008.

All India Radio maintains its status as world's largest network

Monday, 05 May , 2008, 16:40
New Delhi: Despite financial and infrastructural constraints, the reach of the All India Radio (AIR) is far greater than other private channels, and it is the world's largest network. AIR FM channels cover 23 per cent of the area and 31 per cent of the population, whereas private FM channels cover only 3.3 per cent of the area and 9.3 per cent of the population, says a Prasar Bharati report. Even after the completion of phase two, private FM would cover only 9.0 per cent of the area and 21 per cent of the population. Moreover, the report says, private FM channels were city centric, so the entire rural areas were deprived of their services, and AIR was the only radio service reaching them.
At present AIR has 23 stations and 361 transmitters, which is the largest network in the world, covering 91.42 per cent of the population. The report pointed out that after the advent of the Prasar Bharati, the huge AIR network was increasingly being constrained in terms of critical resources and inputs such as programmes, establishments, latest equipment and maintenance, among others.
These problems have arisen due to limited budget grant and acute staff shortage, as there has not been fresh recruitment for many years. One constraint has arisen out of the role of AIR as public broadcaster as it has kept away from pure entertainment programming, which brings hefty amount as commercial revenue, the report said. However, the growth of radio advertising in the current year has been projected to exceed 50 per cent because of two factors — social marketing and retail marketing, it said. AIR, which started its operations in 1927, broadcasts in 24 languages and 146 dialects. In External Services, it covers 27 languages including 16 foreign and 11 Indian languages.

A revolution in radio? We're all ears

Published Date: 05 May 2008
The latest RAJAR figures show it's still dog-eat-dog in the continuing battle to win a share of the airwaves. Linda Summerhayes discovers what radio stations are doing to encourage more listeners to tune in

AS our alarm clocks go off to signal yet another early start, the first voice many of us will hear as we struggle to open our eyes will belong to an overly cheery radio DJ.
In the house, the car or the workplace, the reassuring murmur from the radio keeps us entertained and informed. Our listening habits are an exact science for the commercial broadcasters who use the information to persuade advertisers to buy air time. The more listeners, the greater the revenue for the radio station, so when the quarterly Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR) figures come out, as happened last week, there is hush from radio bosses all around the country.
Full story at :

VOA Hindi Service presentation

VOA Hindi service's fast paced presentation shot and edited by Rohit Kulkarni

DD, AIR service may be hit as employees mull strike

Ashish Sinha / New Delhi May 05, 2008
Work in 220 All India Radio (AIR) stations and the 68 Doordarshan kendras may be hit as more than 38,000 Prasar Bharati employees in these two set-ups are planning to go on strike. The employees, represented by several bodies, are demanding the status of government employees, better pay and filling up of the 8,000 vacant posts.
The employees are demanding scrapping of the Prasar Bharati Act to make the body a government unit again, or amendments in the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990, to ensure they continue getting the current benefits.
Full story at :

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A08 Changes

TWR INDIA A08 - Changes effective 4th May,2008

UTC   UTC Freq Lang        Days     Site     Power
Start Stop
1515 1520 11930 Hindi  Sat/Sun  Novosibirsk 250 (Added)
1515 1550 11930 Hindi  Mon-Fri  Novosibirsk 250 (ex 1515-1545)
(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)
Radio Taiwan International - wef 4th May till 6th Sept,2008
English broadcast to South Asia
1600-1700 UTC on 15515 KHz (ex 11600)

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Vatican Radio Freq change wef  4th May 2008

UTC  UTC Lang          Days                Freq
0025 0040 Urdu       Mo   Th              9650(ex 5915)//7335
0040 0100 Hindi      Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 9650(ex 5915)//7335
0100 0120 Tamil      Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 9650(ex 5915)//7335
0120 0140 Malayalam  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 9650(ex 5915)//7335
0140 0200 English    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 9650 ex 5915)

(K.Raja, Chennai)


GERMANY(non) Frequency change of Deutsche Welle in Amharic:
1400-1500 NF 15650 KIG 250 kW / non-dir, ex 15660 to avoid VOR WS in English

GERMANY(non) Frequency change of Deutsche Welle in Farsi:
1730-1930 NF  5945 ARM 200 kW / 132 deg, ex  7270 to avoid REE in Arabic
GERMANY    New txions of CVC International via Media Broadcast from May 1:
1900-2000 on  9840 JUL 100 kW / 115 deg Arabic to ME
2000-2100 on  9565 JUL 100 kW / 190 deg Arabic to WeAf
IRAN(non) Frequency changes for VOIROI/IRIB from May 1:
0130-0227 NF  9790 SIR 500 kW / 018 deg, ex  9795 in Kazakh
1530-1627 NF  7375 KAM 500 kW / 110 deg, ex  7370 in English
1530-1627 NF  9600 SIR 500 kW / 105 deg, ex  9635 in English
1830-1928 NF  6000*SIT 100 kW / 259 deg, ex  7260 in French
1930-2028 NF  6000*SIT 100 kW / 259 deg, ex  7260 in English
2100-2157 NF 
9690@KAM 500 kW / 055 deg, ex  9670 in Japanese
2100-2157 NF 11655 SIR 500 kW / 053 deg, ex 11990 in Japanese
2330-0027 NF 11740#KAM 500 kW / 064 deg, ex 11820 in Chinese
2330-0027 NF 11970 SIR 500 kW / 098 deg, ex 11975 in Chinese
@co-ch RCI in French
#co-ch All India Radio in Hindi/Tamil
*from Sep.7 co-ch Voice of Russia in Greek/Bulgarian
INDIA    Frequency change of All India Radio in Russian:
1615-1715 NF  9595 DEL 250 kW / non-dir, ex  9585*
* to avoid Vatican Radio in Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian
NETHERLANDS(non) Frequency changes of RNW in English to SoAs:
1400-1555 NF  5830 DB  100 kW / 125 deg, ex  9345
          NF  9885 MDC 250 kW / 050 deg, ex  9890
U.K.(non) Frequency change of IRIN Radio in Somali via VT Communications:
1730-1745 NF  9735 MEY 100 kW / 020 deg, ex  9665 to avoid REE in Spanish
USA(non) Frequency changes of WYFR Family Radio via TV Radio Waves:
1400-1500 NF  9405 ARM 300 kW / 110 deg in Punjabi, ex 9850
1500-1700 NF 11505 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg in Punjabi, ex 9850
1600-1700 NF  9735 ARM 300 kW / 110 deg in Urdu, ex 11630 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg

(Ivo Ivanov, DX MIX NEWS # 519, 30 April 2008)

Vatican Radio Freq change wef 4th May 2008

UTC  UTC Lang          Days                               Freq
 0025 0040 Urdu          Mo   Th                        9650 ( ex 5915) //7335
0040 0100 Hindi          Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  9650 ( ex 5915) //7335
0100 0120 Tamil          Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  9650 ( ex 5915) //7335
0120 0140 Malayalam  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  9650 ( ex 5915) //7335
0140 0200 English       Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 9650 ( ex 5915)
(K.Raja, Chennai)

Scandinavian Weekend Radio

Dear listeners ,
This is Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Virrat, Finland. We are starting our 24 hours May transmission this evening at 21 hours UTC on 1602 kHz MW, 6170/5980 kHz and 11720/11690 kHz. Check our program, time and frequencytables from
Lot of more information there as well.  +358 400 995559 call and send your SMS's
info(at) send your e-mails here. Letters and reports for QSL's (add 2 euros/2 IRC's) write to:
SWR reports
P.O.Box 99

Best greetings,
Alpo Heinonen
Scandinavian Weekend Radio
(Via GRDXC e-group)

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Digital listening drives BBC Radio to new records

Date: 01.05.2008
Digital listening has helped lift BBC Radio's reach and share to record levels, according to data released today by RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd). The figures – covering the period from 31 December 2007 to 23 March 2008 – show BBC Radio now reaches 34.22 million people every week and comprises a 56.8% share of all listening hours. They also reveal that listeners are increasingly tuning into BBC radio stations digitally. More than 10 million people listen to BBC radio via digital platforms every week – 6.4 million on DAB – consuming 100 million hours of BBC radio through DAB sets, digital TV and the internet, the vast majority via DAB (71 million hours).
At the same time, the BBC's digital-only services continue to grow: the portfolio reaches 2.92 million people per week; every station now has more than half a million listeners; and BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra and the BBC Asian Network all posted record figures.Jenny Abramsky, Director, BBC Audio & Music, said: "This is a remarkable performance for DAB, which is so important for the whole industry. I am extremely pleased to see all our digital-only services are doing so well."
BBC Radio 1 attracted more than 11 million listeners per week in a quarter rich in specialist music – from guest presenters on Zane Lowe to the dance music event Bloc Weekender. The quarter also featured the Body Image social action campaign. The network added more than half a million listeners on the year and now has a reach of 11.07m million. It has a share of 10.6% – up from 10.1% last year and 10.3% last quarter.
The Chris Moyles Show has a record reach of 7.72 million listeners – up from 7.06m last year and 7.31m last quarter. BBC Radio 2 has a record 13.63 million listeners and remains the country's most popular station, offering a strong daytime line-up complemented by a broad range of specialist and live music programming. Its reach is up 380,000 on the year (13.25m) and more than 800,000 on last quarter (12.82m). The network also posted record share of 16.5%– up from 15.8% last year and 15.7% last quarter. Wake Up To Wogan has a record 8.10 million listeners tuning in each week – up on last quarter's 7.73m and last year's 7.88m.  BBC Radio 3's reach is 1.80 million (1.90m last year and 1.95m last quarter) and share is 0.9%, from 1.2% last quarter and year. The quarter featured celebrations of composers Judith Weir, John Tavener and Henri Dutilleux.
BBC Radio 4 has 9.56 million listeners – up on the quarter (9.29m) and slightly down on the year (9.64m) – and share is 12.2%, the same as last year but up on the previous quarter (11.8%). The period included The City Speaks – the first multiplatform radio drama available on radio, the internet and via the red button.
BBC Radio 5 Live and its digital service BBC 5 Live Sports Extra recorded a combined reach of 6.09 million – up a little on last year's combined total (5.97m) and down slightly on last quarter (6.17m).  The network – recently nominated for nine Sony Radio Academy awards – was buoyed by 5 Live Sports Extra's contribution of 648,000 listeners to the total.  BBC 6 Music posted its third consecutive record reach. It attracted 520,000 listeners – up on both year and quarter – in a period that included the first full quarters for George Lamb and Adam & Joe.  1Xtra also has a record number of listeners, with 595,000 people tuning in each week – up from 465,00 last year – in a quarter that saw the first 1Xtra Live event in Coventry.  The BBC Asian Network is the third digital-only network with a record quarter. It has 535,000 listeners – up on both year and quarter.
BBC 7 also had a strong quarter, with 813,000 people tuning in each week (up from 808,000 last year) and share of listening up to 0.5%.  The BBC World Service has 1.35 million listeners – from 1.18m last quarter and 1.39m last year. Share is 0.6% (same last quarter, 0.7% last year).  BBC Local and National Radio has a reach of 10.29 million (9.82m last quarter and 10.30m last year) and share of 9.9% (10.0% last quarter and 10.6% last year).
(BBC Radio Publicity)

Friday, May 02, 2008

RTI Groove Zone Contest

Whose your momma? Groove Zone wants to know!

Mother's Day is on May 11th, and Groove Zone would like to recognize the amazing women who brought us into this world! Tell us about your mother in 50 words or less and send it to Groove Zone. We will select the best letters to win a prize! For more details, see the contest details below.
* Entries must be received by May 4th. Winners will be announced on May 10th.
* Send entries to: PO BOX 123-199 / Taipei Taiwan, ROC
* Or email your entry to:
Thanks for listening to Groove Zone!

FDI call on satellite radio soon

15 Sep, 2006, 0138 hrs IST,Deepshikha Monga and Joji Thomas Philip, TNN
NEW DELHI: The government is close to finalising the satellite radio policy in the country, under which it is proposed that the FDI cap in the sector be lowered to 49% from 100%. This comes despite Trai recommending that 100% FDI be allowed in the sector.
This implies that WorldSpace India (the only player in this space in India currently), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based WorldSpace, will soon have to offload 51% stake to an Indian partner. India is the biggest market for WorldSpace and accounts for close to 75% of its global subscriber base.
The move to lower the FDI cap in satellite radio comes close on the heels of the department of posts proposing a similar step with regard to global courier players who have operations in India.Sources said the 49% FDI cap was meant to bring satellite radio policy at par with those for cable TV and DTH, which offer services on satellite-based platforms.
Full story at :

Wind up radio's for villages

IFFCO, Airtel hand power to the villages
2 May, 2008, 0438 hrs IST,Prabha Jagannathan, TNN
NEW DELHI: Technology is going places. And guiding it to India's far-flung villages is a joint venture between IFFCO and Airtel. On Friday, IFFCO subsidiary IFFCO Kisan Sanchar and Bharti Airtel form a joint venture for rural telephony, which will take gadgets and services to the countryside, where power is in short supply. Transistors, community radios, mobiles and torches which don't rely on power — you name it, they got it.
The JV will use IFFCO's co-operative network for marketing telephone services while Bharti will be the service provider. The early targets could be tech-wannabes in rural Uttar Pradesh, who are already familiar with some of these products, thanks to a pilot project conducted late last year. The services are available in several districts of Tamil Nadu as well. The JV, according to sources, is targeting 20% growth every year and expects some 150 million customers by 2011.
The JV will bring several hand-cranked products of common use. These include transistors, community radios and torches. There will also be lanterns with a battery life of three years. The wind-up transistors were invented in 1996 and are now used in several African nations. The hand-powered radio on offer will be a world-first. Some of the wind-up products are marketed worldwide by UK's Freeplay.
For last year's pilot projects, the mobile phones were partly sourced from Sinocell. The wide-screen BlackBerry-lookalike, which can access e-mail to commodity prices to agricultural inputs, was priced at around Rs 4,000. The small-screen version may cost around Rs 2,000.
Phones from Alcatel, Samsung and Phillips will also be sold at lower rates, but IFFCO could launch its own brand later. The power-free, wind-up charger will be a boon for the power-strapped rural user.
Around 3-7 minutes hand-cranking a day can charge the phones. The charger will come free with the mobile phones, which will sport SIM cards branded IFFCO-Airtel Green Card. A two-year warranty for handsets, after-sales service for farmers and wide rural connectivity after Airtel sets up enough towers are also on the cards.

Arun Bhatnagar is new head of Prasar Bharati

Retired IAS officer Arun Bhatnagar took over as Prasar Bharati Chairman on 2nd May, almost two months after the unceremonious exit of M V Kamath as head of the public broadcaster.
Bhatnagar, who was the Secretary General of the now defunct National Advisory Council, will have a tenure of three years.
63-year-old Bhatnagar has served earlier in key positions like Principal Adviser in Planning Commission, Additional Secretary in the Department of Telecom and Minister (Economics) in the Indian High Commission in London.

WRTH A08 supplement available for download

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Nigeria: Kaduna Govt Awards N11m Contract for Radio Equipment

Leadership (Abuja)30 April 2008Kaduna State government has awarded a contract worth over N11 million for the procurement of radio equipment as well as a giant 60 KVA power generator for its radio stations in the state for uninterrupted services.Signing the contracts in his office, the managing director of Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC), Alhaji Zubairu Idris Abdulra'uf, who represented the state government, said the six individual contracts are to provide studio and transmitting equipment to Queen FM Zaria, Rockside FM Kafanchan and the KSMC headquarters. Full story at :


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