Saturday, July 04, 2015

NBC (PNG) broadcasts South Pacific Games from former RA transmitters at Townsville, QLD

The collapse of ABC Radio Australia internal capacity to provide specific regional content has seen PNG national broadcaster step up to lease transmission time from Australian contractor Broadcast Australia for the South Pacific Games next month 4 -18 July 2015. The site is Townsville in northern Queensland.
To Papua New Guinea
1000 - 1400 UT  6075 kHz
1900 - 2200 UT  6075 kHz
2200 - 1000 UT  9860 kHz
To Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
0800 - 2000 UT  12025 kHz
Both broadcasts are with a power of 20 kW AM up from 10 kW when the site carried Radio Australia programming.
Via Nigel Holmes
Originally heard by Sei-ichi Hasegawa on 6075, and subsequently by Rob Wagner on 9860.
( Craig via ARDXC mailing list)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Updated RDS standard 'RDS2' to be launched in 2016

The international group RDS Forum, meeting in Switzerland, announced it plans an updated RDS standard, to launch in 2016. It said it hopes to establish this in collaboration with the NRSC RBDS subcommittee, with the goal of "a unified platform for FM broadcasting and data services worldwide."

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

VOA Tibetan is marking the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday

WASHINGTON D.C., June 19, 2015 -- On July 6, 2015, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is turning 80 years old. VOA's Tibetan Service is marking the occasion with a 4-hour live TV program covering the special celebration in His honor that will take place in Dharamsala, India, this Sunday, June 21.
The celebration will consist of elaborate Buddhist rituals and festive art performances. Thousands of faithful, including leaders of all Tibetan Buddhist sects, will gather around Tsuklakhang, the Dalai Lama's monastery, to celebrate the life of the Tibetan spiritual leader.
VOA's live program will be distributed on two satellite channels as well as shortwave radio and it will be live-streamed on the web. As a result millions of viewers and listeners in Tibet and around the world will be able to share this rich cultural experience for the first time since the Chinese take-over in 1959.
VOA Tibetan reaches its target audience on television, radio and the Internet with uncensored news that is unavailable to Tibetans through state-controlled Chinese media. VOA offers critical discussions on important issues and provides valuable information and expertise that help support the development of civil society. VOA Tibetan audiences are located in Tibet, in the ethnic Tibetan regions of China in Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan, and in Bhutan, Nepal, and India-where Tibetan speakers live.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Myanmar: 95% of people listen to the radio, while only 5% use smart phones

During the ABU RadioAsia Conference held at the end of May in Yangon, the strength of radio in Myanmar was discussed by Hla Yin Aye, General Manager of the Mandalay FM and Pyinsawadi FM stations.
In Myanmar, 83% of listeners tune in at home, while 11% listen in the car and 2% listen at work. Internet usage is slowly increasing, but radio and tv are still dominant in the market. Video usage is declining.
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Switzerland’s international voice in a changing world

The Swiss Shortwave Service and later Swiss Radio International (SRI) broadcast from the heart of Europe from 1935 until its closure in 2004. Now researchers are going through the records, letters and recordings to see how Swiss identity played out over the airwaves.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

ABC – Australia restructures for more efficiency

The ABC is urging its staff to work across different platforms for the Corporation to achieve  more efficiency. With this new restructure exercise, some employees could be redundant and some new jobs will also be created.

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Ham Radio: Communication without failure

KATHMANDU: A restless day it was — April 25. As soon as the 7.6 tremblor rocked the country, people instantaneously started dialing phones to get updates of their loved ones — but the telephone network was a let-down for many, especially to the cell phone users. By the time the network started working, the cell phones were running out of battery and there was no electricity supply to recharge.

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Broadcasting critical info hours after disaster strikes

When disasters such as the Nepal earthquake hit, communications are often cut and radio and TV stations off air. First Response Radio aims to get on air within 72 hours of a calamity with its 'station in a suitcase.' 

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BBC’s combined global audience revealed at 308 million

New figures unveiled today show the BBC has a weekly global audience of 308 million people. This represents the combined measured reach of international BBC content – both news and entertainment – for the year 2014/15 and is the first time this figure has ever been measured in this way.
In 2013 Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, set a target of 500m for the BBC's global reach for 2022.
The figures – the BBC Global Audience Measure (GAM) – reveal that the BBC's weekly global news audience, which is measured each year, has increased by 18m people, or 7 per cent since last year, to a record-breaking 283 million. This means that one in every 16 adults around the world uses BBC News.
For the first time, television (148m) overtook radio (133m) as the most popular platform for BBC international news, and it is also the first time since the BBC tracked audiences for all three platforms – radio, TV and online (55m) – in English and 28 other languages – that they've all grown in the same year.
The BBC World Service's audience has increased by 10 per cent in its first year of licence fee funding and now stands at 210m, with the biggest boost coming from new World Service TV news bulletins in languages other than English.
The biggest growth for a single service comes for BBC World Service English, which has its highest-ever weekly reach with an audience of 52m, an increase of more than 25 per cent. The countries where the audience increases for World Service English have been highest are Nigeria, USA, Pakistan and Tanzania.
BBC Global News Ltd's audience has grown to 105 million with BBC World News TV's up by 12 per cent, and growing by 16 per cent.
Fran Unsworth, Director of the BBC World Service Group, says: "These amazing figures demonstrate the importance and impact of the BBC around the world.
"In times of crisis and in countries lacking media freedom, people around the world turn to the BBC for trusted and accurate information. Thanks to our digital innovation we now have more ways than ever before of reaching our audience – from the WhatsApp Service we set up during the West Africa Ebola outbreak to our pop-up Thai news stream on Facebook following the military coup."
Tim Davie, Director, Global and CEO, BBC Worldwide, says: "Today's audience numbers show the global reach of the BBC to be strong and growing. The consumption of branded BBC services across TV, radio and digital platforms speaks to the international appetite for premium content across all the genres for which we are best known – primarily news, but increasingly for drama, factual and entertainment.
"Having a robust but prudent measurement system in place also helps increase our understanding of our audiences, enabling us to serve them to the very best of our ability in the future."
Other points of interest are:
The World Service Group is going from strength to strength in both developed and developing markets, with the single biggest audience for any country in the USA (30m), and with more than a third of the total audience on the African continent (100m), the biggest BBC audience ever seen on any continent.
Digital innovations from the World Service Group over the past year have included a new Africa livepage on the BBC website; the Thai 'pop up' news stream on Facebook; the emergency Ebola service on WhatsApp in West Africa; chat app news services on Line, Mxit, WeChat and WhatsApp; and the move of all 27 language service websites plus News to fully responsive design, which means they can easily be read on mobile phones of all sizes and standards.
The Global Audience Measure (GAM) measures the combined reach of the BBC's international news services – BBC World Service, BBC World News, and BBC Media Action. It also includes the majority of BBC Worldwide's BBC-branded direct to consumer services, where measurable and obtainable. It excludes audience for BBC programmes made or sold by BBC Worldwide to third party broadcasters and other platforms.
The BBC's global news figures were previously measured by the Global Audience Estimate (GAE). This year, these news figures have been combined with BBC Worldwide measured audience figures for the first time.
The GAM shows combined figures, meaning if someone watches both BBC Worldwide content and BBC News, they are only counted once in the total figure. This year's figures have also been adjusted downwards to avoid double counting people who use multiple devices, eg both a tablet and a smartphone.
Today's figures include Facebook and YouTube reach for the first time (measuring engaged reach on Facebook which means counting people who interact with our news content.
World Service TV news content is now available in 12 languages.
(BBC Press Release)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Radio Martí Celebrates 30 Years of Broadcasting

May 20, 2015                                                                                                    
MIAMI - May 20 will mark the 30th anniversary of Radio Martí providing uncensored and unbiased news and information to the citizens of Cuba.
The staying power of Radio Martí is a testament to the importance of a free flow of information," said Carlos García-Pérez, Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which oversees the Martís. "It is a profound and personal honor to be part of an institution that has made such a positive impact on the daily lives of people throughout the island."
Despite continuous jamming efforts by the Cuban government, Radio Martí reaches audiences in Cuba through a combination of high and low-tech approaches, such as satellite, shortwave and AM radio, online, flash drives, DVDs, and mobile apps.
"At each step of the way, the Cuban government has tried to stop us," García-Pérez explained. "But we have been undeterred and by pursuing creative media alternatives we have ensured that our professional journalism reaches Cuba."
In March of this year an independent survey found that 20 percent of Cubans are tuning in to Radio Martí.
Throughout its history, Radio Martí has been a singularly important source of uncensored information on some of the most important news in Cuba, including:
Glasnost and Perestroika reforms in the Soviet Union,
The fall of the Berlin Wall,
The 1994 "Cuban Exodus" and development of the so called "wet foot/dry foot" policy,
Pope John Paul's visit to Cuba in 1998,
The Elian Gonzalez saga,
Cuba's Black Spring, in which more than 75 dissidents, including 29 journalists, were imprisoned,
The death of prominent activists Oswaldo Paya and Laura Pollan,
Providing a pivotal voice for Human Rights movements all across the island, and
The release of American Alan Gross and the announcement of an opening of U.S.-Cuban relations.
Radio Martí historically took on an instrumental role through its investigative unit, which sought to corroborate news leads coming from the island.
In addition to major news events, Radio Martí has provided lifesaving public health information, breaking the news to Cuba and the world about the presence of HIV/AIDS on the island and the existence of the mental institution "Sanatorio de los Cocos," as well as the most recent cholera and chikungunya outbreaks. With news, arts, sports, entertainment and musical programming, the Martís bring aspiring, inspiring and empowering stories to Cubans.
The Martís will share an historic timeline, photos and articles online on and will provide special programming, remembering key moments from its history and providing interviews with Cubans on the impact of Radio Martí.
"For 30 years Radio Martí has been a trusted source of news for the Cuban people," said García-Pérez. "We will continue to provide them with objective and balanced information so that they can make informed decisions as to their future."  
Today Radio, TV Martí and produce multimedia content that is used on the web 24/7, on around-the-clock radio broadcasts, and daily TV newscasts, long form TV documentaries and snackable content for the web and mobile.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). BBG programming has a measured audience of 215 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.
(BBG Press Release)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Minister inaugurates high power DRM transmitter in Jammu

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the 300 kilowatt DRM High Power Transmitter of 'Radio Kashmir' in Jammu.

The new transmitter will cover an aerial radius of 90 to 100 kilometers, and replaces an old analog transmitter.

Speaking on the occasion Singh said the Centre is committed to the empowerment of radio broadcast, and added that the government had initiated the revival of All India Radio (AIR).

Director General of AIR Fiyaz Shehriyar said, "As a part of migration to Digital Radio, it has been decided that by the year 2017, a complete switch over to digital mode will be made. All India Radio started with small leaps in this direction way back in 2013."

A DRM transmitter can transmit signals both in analog and digital modes. DRM technology is regarded as the harbinger of digital radio revolution in the country.

DRM radio broadcasts will have many additional value added services such as improved audio quality, stereo capability, single frequency operation, transmitting maximum four services or channels simultaneously from the same transmitter, vehicular, portable and fixed reception, less susceptibility to fading effects and improved reception reliability.

Other future plans for Radio Kashmir, Jammu include replacement of the old 10 kW transmitter by a new transmitter towards the end of next year.

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Radio an effective medium to reach out to the people: Dr. Jitendra
Launches 300 KW DRM Transmitter for Radio Kashmir Jammu

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BBC Hindi celebrates 75 years

BBC Hindi is celebrating 75 years

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Audio files of selected news reports during last 75 years ( in Hindi)

KTWR Station on Guam Survives Typhoon

TWR staff members and their families on the island of Guam are safe and the ministry's transmitter station is bruised but still working after Typhoon Dolphin swept across the Pacific island.
In fact, KTWR – the call letters assigned to the transmitter facility – is was running on generator power and a back-up water system. Tan, whose report to fellow TWR leaders was prepared in consultation with KTWR Chief Engineer Mike Sabin, said one of the site's antennas will require major repairs but damage to others was minor, allowing the working ones to carry the broadcast load for now.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

New app from All India Radio for Android users

All India Radio has released new app "AIR Live" for Android users.

Here's the link to download AIR Live mobile app from Google Play Store 

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