Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cricket gets global radio run in new programme Stumped

On Saturday 17 January the BBC World Service launched Stumped, a new programme dedicated to exploring the global world of cricket. The programme brings together three of the hubs of world cricket - the UK, India and Australia - in a programme made by the BBC in co-operation with All India Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The Stumped team will be made up of presenters from all three broadcasters who will drive lively, informative, irreverent and humorous debate. Alison Mitchell - the BBC's first female cricket commentator - will host, assisted by the voice of cricket on ABC, Jim Maxwell, and the lead cricket commentator for All India Radio in English, Prakash Wakankar.

The first series will coincide with the start of the 2015 World Cup and aims to entertain and inform cricket and non-cricket fans alike. Each week, the programme will examine key talking points as well as look at some of the lighter stories in sport from around the world while on location in World Cup host countries Australia and New Zealand.

Renowned cricketing raconteur Henry Blofeld will also appear each week with his 'tales from the test'. With almost 40 years of cricket travels behind him, Henry has stories to tell from right around the cricket world.

Hard-hitting questions on Stumped will include,

Why did penguins once stop play?
Why do so many cricket terms find their way into everyday language?
And which international team score highest in the fashion stakes?

Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC World Service, says: "Cricket is a game with huge international appeal, but is understood fully only by some. It's a game where the heroes can be as popular as pop stars and the facts and figures studied as much as mathematical equations. Most of all it's a game which has attracted some of the best conversation and the best writing around the world. Stumped will concentrate this heritage into a programme that will delight the hardcore fans in any continent while appealing to the rest of us."

Listeners can tune in to Stumped weekly. The first edition airs Saturday 17 January from 0030 GMT around the world on the BBC World Service; in India at 1130 IST on All India Radio; and on Sunday 18 January in Australia at 1130 EST on ABC News Radio and ABC's Grandstand DAB Sport network. It will be available as a listen again at and with extra content as a BBC podcast.

(BBC Press Release)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

AIR Kolkata starts Vividh Bharati service on FM 101.8 MHz

The Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati ‪‎Jawahar Sarkar‬ today inaugurated the 10 kW FM transmitter for Vividh Bharati Service at Doordarshan Kendra premises. It is now available on FM 101.8 MHz.It will broadcast programmes of 15 hours 20 minutes on six days and 16 hours 20 minutes on sunday. In an interaction with the media at ‎Akashvani Bhawan‬, the CEO said, Kolkata is the first metro city to start ‪Vividh Bharati‬ service on FM. The service will be available in all four metro cities shortly.
(Via AIR News FB Page)
Test transmissions were heard since 15th Dec 2014.
Related :
Vividh Bharati moves to FM platform
CEO Prasar Bharati inaugurates additional FM channel for AIR Kolkata

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

KVOH acquires CVC's txer site at Lusaka, Zambia

(Los Angeles, California) December 18, 2014 – Strategic Communications Group ("SCG", announced today the purchase of its newest shortwave transmission facility in Lusaka, Zambia. Broadcast signals from this facility will soon be available to more than one billion potential listeners across the continent of Africa.

Strategic Communications Group, a broadcaster headquartered near Los Angeles, purchased the state-of-the-art transmission facility this month from Christian Vision ( The super-station will operate as Voice of Hope – Africa broadcasting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in English and several African languages - as well as providing news, health, and other information programming to audiences throughout the continent.

Reflecting on the acquisition, SCG President John Tayloe said "Shortwave signals continue to cross political, social, racial, economic, and cultural barriers. It is notable that China's explosive growth in shortwave broadcasting has increased their audience worldwide and has filled the void left by retreating Western countries from the powerful medium. I believe shortwave is the perfect medium for carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Unlike other forms of mass media such as satellite, terrestrial television/AM/FM radio, and printed materials - shortwave radio signals can still be sent without program content being restricted in any way. The Voice of Hope – Africa is a remarkable platform to reach millions. Voice of Hope is also excited about the latest technical advances that provide new opportunities such as CD quality over-the-air digital broadcasting (Digital Radio Mondiale - DRM), 24/7 internet streaming simulcasts, and dynamic interactive websites - and is actively investigating integrating all of these advances within each broadcast ministry."

The Voice of Hope – Africa campus has 12 buildings on 150 acres. It houses two 100 kW Continental shortwave transmitters and two high-gain TCI long range antennas that beam strong signals over all of west, central, and southern Africa. As part of its commitment to the community, SCG will also operate a Health Clinic from its broadcast campus and explore the viability of an annual Leadership program for Christian Pastors and Lay leaders. Because of its unique location, plans to expand the Voice of Hope's footprint into India and China from this location are also being evaluated.

Broadcasters ("NASB", said: "At a time when some countries and organizations have been reducing or eliminating their shortwave transmissions, it is In a message to SCG, Jeff White, past President, National Association of Shortwave refreshing to see that broadcasters like Voice of Hope are  expanding their reach and giving new life to shortwave. Africa is particularly important since the people of this continent rely heavily on shortwave radio to hear news, information and spiritual programming."

501(c)(3) charity in the United States. SCG also owns and operates the Voice of Hope – Strategic Communications Group was established in November 1998 as a non-profit, Americas (KVOH) radio station from Los Angeles that was launched in 1986 by George Otis, Sr., founder of High Adventure Ministries (1973-1999), and features broadcasts in Spanish and English to Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the USA. SCG is in the final stages of a major upgrade to the broadcast signal of Voice of Hope – Americas, installing a high-performance Harris shortwave transmitter. SCG is also in the planning stages for a state-of-the-art global Technical Operations Center (TOC) to be located in the Los Angeles area. This TOC will allow efficient monitoring and technical support of all Voice of Hope broadcast transmitter sites in the U.S. and abroad.

For further information contact:
John Tayloe
Tel: 805-338-0075

(Press Release)

Mighty KBC extra broadcasts on Dec 25 & 26

KBC Radio extra broadcasts on December 25 and 26

Schedule of extra Mighty KBC broadcasts on 6095 kHz :
December 25 09:00 - 16:00 UTC 
December 26 11:00 - 16:00 UTC 

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There will be a transmission with the Alexanderson 200 kW alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz from Grimeton Radio/SAQ on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, 2014.

The message transmission will take place at 08:00 UTC (19:00 EDST). The transmitter will be tuned up from around 07:30 UTC (18:30 EDST).

There will be activity on amateur radio frequencies with the call SK6SAQ on any of following frequencies:

-   3,755 SSB
-   7,035 CW
- 14,215 SSB
- 14,035 CW

QSL- reports on SK6SAQ are kindly received: -  via SM bureau or direct to Grimeton Radio QSL-reports on SAQ are kindly received via:

- E-mail to:
- or via SM bureau
- or direct by mail to:

Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Radiostationen, Grimeton 72
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The radio station will be open to visitors. No entrance fee.
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Lars Kalland

BBC Tamil content now available on The Hindu website

Text content from the BBC Tamil website,, is now directly available to users of the web version of The Hindu-Tamil – the Tamil daily from The Hindu group, one of India's oldest and most reputed media organisations.

Thanks to a syndication agreement between BBC World Service and The Hindu, up to ten stories from the international index of are now featured on a BBC-branded section on the World page of

Traffic to grew by around 80 percent year on year, compared to October last year. Over 70 percent of these users are in India.

BBC Tamil Editor, Thirumalai Manivannan, says: "This collaboration is an excellent development for our global audiences, especially those in Tamil Nadu. We hope that the strength of the BBC's international news coverage will bring extra benefits to the Tamil users of The Hindu website."

BBC World Service Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific, Indu Shekhar Sinha adds: "India is one of the fastest growing internet markets in the world and the expansion of the Tamil-language digital media market is part of this. We are confident that the collaboration with The Hindu-Tamil will further enhance BBC Tamil's reputation and audience."

The Hindu Tamil Editor, Asokan K, says: "The Hindu-Tamil's website caters to the Tamil-speaking diaspora around the globe. This collaboration with BBC Tamil will add more flavour to our audience that demands quality news".

The website offers a range of content-sharing functions and has a mobile version. BBC Tamil offers 30-minute daily shortwave radio broadcasts to India and Sri Lanka. BBC Tamil also broadcasts a five-minute global update on Shakthi FM in Sri Lanka on weekdays.

BBC Tamil is part of BBC World Service.

(BBC Press Release)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Radio Pakistan installs modern digital 500 KW transmitter at Faqeerabad

Radio Pakistan has installed a modern digital 500 KW transmitter at Faqeerabad to multiply the outreach of its medium wave broadcasts on 585 KHz. The transmitter, along with renovation of studios at National Broadcasting House, has been installed with the technical and financial assistance of Japan.

The signing ceremony to hand over renovated studios and transmitter to PBC was held at National Broadcasting House Islamabad on Thursday. Director General PBC, Samina Parvez and Department Manager of Yachiyo Engineering, Kiyofusa Tanaka signed the documents. In her remarks on the occasion, Director General PBC thanked the Japanese government for helping PBC in strengthening its signal and modernizing its broadcasting system.

She said induction of new transmitter is another milestone reached by the PBC management in its endeavour to replace its obsolete and aging transmitters to cater its audience. The listeners in several parts of the country will enjoy radio programmes in clear voice. She said it is a matter of pride for PBC to have completed the project on time. Addressing the ceremony, Kiyofusa Tanaka said the completion of this project marks is yet another milestone in Pakistan-Japan relationship. He appreciated the effort put in by the staff of PBC for timely completion of this landmark project.

The objective of 'The project for rehabilitation of medium wave radio broadcasting network' executed with grant-aid of 'Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA) was to rehabilitate dying medium wave service of Radio Pakistan Islamabad for effective coverage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Punjab and Gilgit-Balitstan. 

Under the project, 38 year old medium wave transmitter at Faqeerabad was replaced with a new 500 KW medium wave transmitter, based on latest digital technology. Besides, five Studios and master control room at National Broadcasting House were also digitized.

JICA provided grant-aid of 1,385 million Japanese Yen while Pakistan's government's share was 85.761 million rupees. M/s Yachiyo Engineering Company of Japan executed the project while M/s NEC Corporation, Japan supplied and installed equipments. On-job training was also given to the PBC engineers to effectively run the system.Programme in seven language, including Urdu, Punjabi, Potohari, Hindko, Pushto, Shina, and Balti will be aired on 585 KHz for listeners in 500 kilometer radius as compared with 70 kilometer radius in past. However, this transmission can be heard in a radius of up to 1,200 kilometers at night. Fourteen hours programmes will be aired from the transmitter on 585 KHz from tomorrow.

Samina Parvez Khalid
Director General
Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation

(Via Facebook)

RMRC Shortwave broadcasts in December 2014 about the EDXC'14 Conference

The Rhein-Main Radio Club ( RMRC ) of Frankfurt, Germany, plans to broadcast a one-hour program in English about the EDXC 2014 Conference held in September in Nice , France. There will be three separate transmissions:

to Japan and Asia from Sitkunai, Lithuania on 13. December at 2100 UTC on 11690 kHz;
to the Americas from WRMI on 15. December at 0000 UTC on ( 7455, 5850, 5015 kHz )
at the same time; and to Europe from WRMI on 15. December at 2100 UTC on 15770 kHz.

There will be taped interviews with several well-known DXers who attended the meeting. Thank-you very much to Mr. Toshi Ohtake of the Japan ShortWave Club (JSWC) for taping and providing these interviews.

QSL-verification via the RMRC and either as electronic or as paper QSL. Reception reports to either: or RMRC, Postfach 70 08 49, 60558 Frankfurt / Main, Germany. Return postage is not required.

See also web-page for details ("QSL-Info" ).

Transmission from Sitkunai, Lithuania:

Saturday, 13. December, 2100 - 2200 UTC.
Target Area Frequency Beam UTC-Time UTC-Day
Japan / Asia 11690 KHz 79 2100 - 2200 UTC Saturday, 13. December
That is 0600 local time on Sunday morning (14. Dec.) in Tokyo.
Transmission from WRMI , Okeechobee, Florida, USA:
Monday, 15. December, 0000 - 0100 UTC.
Target Area Frequency Beam UTC-Time UTC-Day
The Americas:
Western North Am. 7455 KHz 285 0000 - 0100 UTC Monday
Eastern North Am. 5850 KHz 355 same 15. December
Caribbean/Latin Am. 5015 KHz 160 same
That is 7:00 pm Eastern Time in the USA on Sunday, December 14.
Transmission from WRMI , Okeechobee, Florida, USA:
Monday, 15. December, 2100 - 2200 UTC.
Target Frequency Beam UTC-Time UTC-Day
Europe 15770 KHz 44 2100 - 2200 UTC Monday, 15. December

(Via Toshi Ohtake )

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AIR VBS testing in Delhi on 100.1 & Mumbai on 102.8 MHz

All India Radio Vividh Bharati tests in Mumbai heard on 102.8 MHz
Meanwhile checked here in Delhi and surprisingly Vividh Bharati program is available on a new frequency 100.1 MHz, tests....I presume, here's a video :

All four metro's are suppose to get exclusive VB channels on FM.
Vividh Bharati online streaming is available at :

Thursday, November 20, 2014

U.S. International Media Attract Record Audience of 215 Million

WASHINGTON — The BBG's networks draw a record-high audience of 215 million people each week, according to a new report released today. This includes noteworthy increases in competitive media markets, on television and online.
More at ....
Performance and Accountability Reports

BBG's 2014 audience overview

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AU2JCB Special Event Call-sign

To commemorate the birth-anniversary of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose on 30th Nov, 2014 Indian Hams are going to operate with special call-signs.

Special event Call-sign --- AU2JCB (operated by VU2DSI)

Period of Operation -- 21st Nov to 9th Dec 2014

Frequencies in USB -- 28545 or 28510 kHz
21350 or 21235 or 21310 kHz
14220 or 14310 or 14250 kHz
7040 or 7150 kHz 3650 kHz

In FM Mode --- 50800 kHz, 51500 kHz, 29700 kHz


VU hams please just send qsl for AU2JCB qsl.
DX hams are requested (if possible) to send 2 IRC's or return postage as many many are sending their qsl's for AU2JCB qsl.
More information on AU2JCB QRZ page.
VU2EXP Rajesh and VU2JAU Jayuji will operate with AT1JCB and AU3JCB respectively.

The end of an era - BBC Relay Station site handed back to Seychelles

Tuesday November 18 marked the closure of an iconic chapter of Seychelles' history, signalling the end of an era when information was much more difficult to come by. With much of Africa joining the
internet and mobile phone revolution, the times of trying to glean information about happenings in the rest of the world on a crackly AM radio station have now passed by.
Over 25 years after its establishment, the site of the BBC's former Indian Ocean Relay Station (IORS), located at Grand Anse, on the western side of the largest inhabited island in the archipelago, was handed back to the government.
Full story and pics at :

Public Service Broadcasting and its challenges in the 21st Century

Text of speech given by Peter Horrocks, Director, BBC World Service Group to Myanmar Radio and TV staff on Monday 17 November, 2014


Paper about the future of digital radio for community radio

Thanks to James Cridland for posting this on twitter...  Paper about the future of digital radio for community radio, excellent read..

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Peter Horrocks speech to the Observer Research Foundation, Delhi

How India is leading the way in BBC innovation - Peter Horrocks speech to the Observer Research Foundation, Delhi
In recent years the challenges in reaching global audiences have been intensifying. The platform on which BBC World Service historically was strongest - shortwave radio – has come under great pressure as FM radio, TV and mobile phones offer audiences compelling alternatives. In India, BBC Hindi is still available on shortwave and achieves an audience of 5.5 million which the BBC greatly treasures, but that audience has been declining fast as audiences switch to more audible radio and other platforms like TV.