Thursday, September 22, 2022

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2022"

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2022"
 
Date : 25th September, 2022 (Sunday)

Time : 0350 - 0545 IST, 2220 UTC (24th Sept 2022) to 0015 UTC* (25th Sept, 2022)

* some stations have late sign in & may continue past 0100 UTC

All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast the special dawn programme "Mahishasur Mardini" on the ocassion of Mahalaya in following languages  :

- Hindi/Sanskrit version - on its Indraprastha & FM Gold channels. This will be relayed by all FM Gold channels and selected SW & MW stations.

- Bengali/Sanskrit version - at same time on AIR Delhi FM Rainbow network and selected SW & MW stations.

All India Radio, Kolkata will also originate the special Mahalaya programme in Bengali/Sanskrit at same time which will be relayed by selected SW & MW stations .

This programme may also be relayed over concerned DRM channels,YouTube channel AIR Live News 24X7 & DTH.


"Mahishasuramardini" is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit & Bengali recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930's. The sheer nostalgia is what makes the dawn of Mahalaya special as one of the most looked forward to Radio broadcasts. Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

Frequencies observed during past years :

MW

531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
675 - Chattarpur
684 - Port Blair
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
792 - Pune (Also try 783 DRM)
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
828 - Silchar
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
990 - Jammu
1008 - Kolkata B (Pure DRM)
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A (Pure DRM)
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Darbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1458 - Bhagalpur
1530 - Agra
1593 - Bhopal A

Please email your observations & receptions reports to :  spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.gov.in

Or,

Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi 110001, India

Related :

Eight Decades Later, the Original Mahalaya Still Unites  


Come Mahalaya, Birendra Krishna Bhadra's recitation still default choice for All India Radio


(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

New DRM receiver by Starwaves


At the DRM pre IBC event on 6th Sept'22, Starwaves unveiled a new retro looking DRM receiver 'DRM W2401', which will be available for pre-order on vaious platforms by Oct'22, delivery starts from Feb'23 onwards.

It will be available in two versions, school edition with multimedia server and wifi will cost 99 euros.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Radio Free Asia announces 26th Anniversary QSL

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its latest QSL card commemorating 26 years of impactful work in some of the world's most restricted media environments, such as China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Burma. Since its founding, RFA has filled a crucial gap for the tens of millions of people living in these and other places in Asia and the world, who would otherwise have little or no access to accurate, timely domestic news and information in their languages. This is RFA's 80th QSL design and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from September – December 2022.


                                                           RFA's 26th ANNIVERSARY QSL

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Tibetan (including Uke, Amdo, and Kham dialects), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in our editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of our target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of our broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about RFA, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is always available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions.  RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions not only from DX'ers, but also from our general listening audience.

Reception reports are accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

Pacific-Asian Log (PAL Guide) August 2022 Update

Bruce Portzer's Pacific-Asian Log (PAL) Guide has been updated to the August 2022 edition and is available for download from Radio Heritage Foundation website, here's the download link :

https://www.radioheritage.com


Next Radio Andorra Broadcast September 3rd

The next program from the Archives of Radio Andorra will be on this saturday, september 3rd. It's a 2-hour nostalgia program from summer 1979 which was hosted by the french singer and actress Mirelle Hartuch :     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mireille_Hartuch

The music selection is very eclectic and won't be found on any radio station nowadays.

The show will be aired as usual via Moosbrunn :

Towards Europe : 17-19 UTC on 6180 kHz with a LogPer Antenna on 270°
Towards NAm : 22-24 UTC on 13730 kHz via a HRS4/4/1

There are also programs in preparation for October to December, first saturday per month each, hosted by Sheila (who had a big hit with "Spacer" together with B. Devotion), Serge Gainsbourg and Hervé Vilard.

(Christian Milling via WOR)

Sunday, August 28, 2022

New MW station from UAE


A new MW station 'Radio Keralam' from Ras Al Khaimah, UAE in Malayalam language is testing on 1476 kHz since 17th August 2022. They are using former Radio Asia 200 kW MW transmitter. Regular transmission expected to be start by 8th Sept, 2022, Onam day.

Friday, August 05, 2022

Radio Andorra in August and September 2022

The next 2 programs "from the archives of Radio Andorra" are ready to be broadcasted. In August und September on the first saturday per month it's time to roll again some 43 year old cassettes.

The program on August, 6th the French chansonnier Ricet Barrier will do the programming for one hour. It is a program from the "Carte Blanche"-series which was recorded in summer 1979, where stars at that time were invited to select their music on a sunday afternoon program. Barrier was born in August 1932, died in 2011, so it would be his 90th birthday this year. Unfortunately the second hour of his program got lost, only the first cassette survived. Times and frequencies:

August, 6th 2022
1700-1800 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe
2200-2300 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards North America

On September, 3rd the French singer and actor Mirelle Hartuch is in charge. She was born in September 1906 and was at the time the program was recorded already 73 years old. So we will hear music from the 1930s and 1940s as well as contemporary songs from the 70s. This program survived completly and will be broadcasted:

September, 3rd 2022
1700-1900 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe
2200-2400 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards Northamerica

All transmission, as usual are broadcasted via Moosbrunn, Austria rated at 100kW carrier power.

As you can see on the attached photo from 2008, the storage condition of the tapes was not ideal. The transmitter building of Radio Andorra in Encamp was left empty after 1981, the roof got leaky, water went into the building. In 2009 the inheritance disputes between Spain and Andorra could be settled and the remaining apparatus and some tapes could be safed.

Since last year I'm trying to restore some of the old cassettes and bring them back to HiFi quality for the enjoyment of radiofans. The whole thing is a matter of the heart, no commercial activity. The national archive suppots this ideally, but the whole financial part is done privately by myself. If anyone likes to contribute, here is my GoFundMe-campaign: https://gofund.me/cc66ad4a

All raised funds go straight to the reconstruction of the programs (buying neccessary records, softwarelicenses for the DSP Tools, maintenence of the cassette players) as well as the transmission feed on shortwave.

All transmission being already broadcasted are also avaiable online:

(Christian Milling via WOR List)

DRM Digital Radio – at the Forefront of FM Broadcasting

A live event was organised by Indian and international hosts in New Delhi on 21st July 2022. Among the participants were the Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI), five leading private broadcasters in India, representatives of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), Micromax – the Cellphone manufacturer, NXP,  Technomedia Solutions Private Ltd and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (BECIL) – the broadcast system integrators, Inntot Technologies Pvt Ltd – the Indian DRM receiver manufacturer, OptM Media Solutions Pvt Ltd – the broadcast solution provider, and the DRM Consortium.

The participants were reminded that the global, open, and all-band DRM standard, offers full broadcaster independence allowing broadcasters the freedom to broadcast any content without any fees.There is also no revenue cut, as all technical details are openly standardised. And no technology license is needed to implement products and solutions of DRM.

DRM is most efficient in terms of spectrum usage as one DRM block requires about 100 kHz (half the bandwidth of analogue FM) for 4 services (up to 3 audio and 1 multimedia). DRM FM allows for simulcasting DRM FM and FM analogue from the same transmitter without the need of replacing an existing FM transmitter. Each block can represent one single broadcaster who has full control of the spectrum and content. The participants explored together the three ways of possible DRM FM introduction in India: broadcast of up to 18 audio services in DRM digital from a single FM transmitter, broadcast up to 12 audio services in DRM digital along with a service in analogue and broadcast of up to 15 audio services in DRM digital in the white space between the two analogue FM transmitters.

Broadcast of multimedia content along with the digital audio services was demonstrated, including DRM's Journaline advanced text application with support for all Indian scripts through Unicode. DRM standalone receivers as well as car radios already available in the Indian market for the reception in the DRM in the MW band, have been proven to be software-upgradable (without any hardware changes) to receive DRM in FM band, too. DRM's efficient digital transmission results in huge savings in transmission power and thus distribution costs. Only about one-tenth power of DRM transmitter is sufficient in digital to deliver same coverage as existing analogue transmissions.

India is the world's largest digital radio deployment by All India Radio (AIR) with 39 transmitters (35 MW and 4 SW). AIR is also providing some exclusive radio broadcast content (24-hour News), multilingual Journaline information and has tested DRM for Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF) signals. DRM digital signals in India today can reach over 900 million people when all the installed transmitters work in full digital operation. Over 5 million cars on the Indian roads or 30% of new cars (from Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra, Toyota, MG Hector and Mercedes Benz) have already DRM radio reception facility – at no extra cost to buyers. The Starwaves DRM SoftRadio app is now available in various Android app stores to upgrade existing phones for DRM reception, and that Gospell, Starwaves, Inntot and many other DRM desktop receiver manufacturers are coming up with various standalone DRM receivers.
During the New Delhi event participants enjoyed a live transmission on many standalone receivers, a car radio, Android mobile phones and tablets.

Reception of DRM FM in a car parked outside the venue was also demonstrated. The participants took a keen interest in the presentations,  demonstrations, and the discussions. They got a very good opportunity to debate not only how the DRM system can maintain the established
FM environment but also how it defines and advances the future of FM broadcasting by creating whole new revenue sources besides audio-ads while enabling targeted broadcasting with an overall audience increase, as well as cutting distribution costs significantly.

Involving commercial broadcasters in practical demonstrations of sharing same infrastructure and introducing DRM at reduced spectrum and energy use, while giving receiver manufacturers a chance to develop new solutions, will be the next step in digitising the FM broadcast and firmly establishing it as a core medium of India in the 21st century. 

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital radio system for all broadcasting frequencies and coverage needs.

DRM on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz provides for the efficient coverage in large areas with at least FM quality, while significantly reducing power consumption. DRM in the FM & VHF bands above 30 MHz enables flexible local and regional broadcaster-controlled services, with up to 3 stereo audio programmes plus multimedia compon

ents in half the bandwidth of a single analogue FM signal. 

Advanced radio functionality thanks to DRM comprises: More services based on the highly efficient audio codec MPEG xHE-AAC and free-to-air Journaline multi-lingual text information, detailed  service signalling, service linking (including to analogue AM/FM services) and DRM EWF – Emergency Warning Functionality. Enhanced DRM features include native Unicode support, station logos via SPI, Slideshow images and traffic and travel information. 

(Press Release)

Thursday, July 14, 2022

AWR A22 Frequency Changes

AWR A22 Frequency Changes

NAU 1330 1400 UTC Assamese NE-India 17810 kHz 250 kW Sun, Wed  (Ex 15550 TAC)
NAU 1330 1400 UTC Hmong to  Thailand 17810 kHz 250 kW Thurs, Fri (Ex 15550 TAC)
NAU 1330 1400 UTC Indonesian Malaysia 17810 kHz 250 kW  Mon, Tues & Sat (Ex 15550 TAC)

RED FM launched in the Mighty Himalayas of Leh Ladakh today

Red FM launched in Leh, Ladakh from 14th July, 2022. Send in your song requests on our exclusive whatsapp number: 8527200935.

Full story at :

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

BBC releases annual report for the year 2021-22

BBC Group Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22 is now available at :



Year of exceptional delivery as BBC marks centenary

Delivery for audiences has been our biggest achievement. In a world of rapidly increasing choice the BBC continues to reach 90% of UK adults on average each week, rising to 97% over a month.

This annual report highlights a year of delivery. The BBC is the nation's number one media brand. We have increased value for money and become leaner, while at the same time BBC Studios has smashed all previous commercial records.

Delivery for audiences has been our biggest achievement. In a world of rapidly increasing choice the BBC continues to reach 90% of UK adults on average each week, rising to 97% over a month.

Highlights include:

High impact video content including The Tourist, The Green Planet and The Euros has drawn millions of viewers. In audio, millions are coming to our services, with 62% of adults listening to BBC Radio on average per week, ahead of any other audio provider.

BBC iPlayer attracted record audiences with 6.6 billion streams, up 8%, and BBC Sounds saw 1.54 billion UK plays of radio, music and podcasts, up 23%.

BBC News is the most trusted news source and is the first place the UK public turns to for impartial news coverage of major events. This year saw record numbers globally tune into BBC coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The BBC continues to drive change and improvements in this area, including the publication of our 10-point plan on impartiality and editorial standards.

The publication of this year's Annual Report and Accounts comes against a backdrop that includes the most challenging media market in the BBC's 100-year history; super-inflation in TV production; and tough choices brought about by the Licence Fee settlement for the remainder of the Charter.

The BBC's Across the UK plans are being realised. We are now making 54% of our content outside London and reflecting more of the nation back to itself. Some of our biggest programmes were made in the nations, from Vigil in Scotland, Hidden in Wales and Conversations with Friends in Northern Ireland. MasterChef will soon be moving to Birmingham.

Our investment in the creative sector is supporting economic growth and 53,000 jobs across the UK. Every £1 of the BBC's economic activity now generates a total of £2.63 for the wider economy.

BBC Studios had a record performance in 21/22, with sales up 30% year-on-year, at £1.6 billion, and a 50% increase in profit (EBITDA) at £226 million, the first time it has recorded profit above £200 million.

We continue to work towards our 50:20:12 staffing targets. Our staff make-up is now 49.5% women, 16.4% black and minority ethnic and 9.3% disabled - all up on last year.  We also introduced a new socio-economic diversity target of 25% this year. We will now redouble our efforts to reach all our workforce diversity targets including at leadership level, which we know we need to go further and faster on.

In this record-breaking year we also continued our journey to be a simpler and leaner BBC, reducing the public service headcount further by 409 to 17,781 and reducing Senior Manager numbers by 3%. We delivered £274 million of annual savings, bringing total savings delivered since 2016/17 to over £1 billion.

We also set out our path to reach Net Zero by 2030.

Richard Sharp, BBC Chairman says: "In our centenary year, the BBC is reaching almost half a billion people around the world, it is the UK's best-known cultural export and the world's most trusted news organisation.

"I'm proud of what we have achieved, grateful for the hard work that has delivered it and confident in the BBC's future.

"We must now accelerate the ongoing transformation of the BBC, into a modern, audience-focused, digital-first organisation."

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General says: "This annual report highlights a year of delivery for audiences - both in content and in creating a better, more agile and leaner BBC. There is no room for complacency. We have much work to do to ensure the BBC is fit for a bright future.

"We must continue to deliver world class UK content in an increasingly competitive media market, support our vibrant creative economy and reflect the modern, diverse United Kingdom, in everything we do.

"The future is not without challenges, but we have exciting plans in place and much to look forward to as we build a successful BBC for the years ahead."

Content highlights this year have included:

TV and iPlayer: Time, Bloodlands, Shetland, Guilt, The Pact, The Responder, Sherwood, Gentleman Jack, House of Maxwell.

BBC Three: returned as a broadcast channel backing ideas and new talent, like Kayleigh Llewellyn's BAFTA winning In My Skin.

Radio and Sounds: Forgotten Composers on Radio 3 and Things Fell Apart on Radio 4, podcasts including Ukrainecast and The Coming Storm.

Music: The BBC Proms celebrated the return of live music on a scale not seen since before the pandemic with 61 concerts over 44 days, featuring more than 2,000 musicians.

Sport: 25 million watched Euro 2020 as Gareth Southgate's Three Lions were beaten on penalties.
News: England news bulletins at 6:30pm on BBC One continue to be collectively the most watched news programme on TV and the BBC's Ukrainian language digital platforms have reached a record 6 million people.

Nations: We put BBC Scotland at the heart of our COP26 coverage, launched an official partnership between the BBC and Creative Wales, and reflected the centenary of Partition with a mix of landmark programmes from Northern Ireland.

Further achievements in the report include:

Weekly signed in iPlayer accounts for under 35s have increased to 3.8m from 3.2m.

The BBC is the only UK provider used by the majority of under-16s per week, ahead of both Netflix and Disney.

BBC Bitesize was used by 75% of secondary school pupils in the past year.

BBC income increased to £3.8bn and £3bn of this was spent on content and the expansion of our digital services – up 17% on last year.

BBC Studios has made record sales and profits of £200 million for the first time – an increase of 50% year-on-year, recorded income of £1,630 million - an increase of 30% year-on-year; and topped £400 million in content sales for the third consecutive year.
The BBC is the UK's best-known cultural export, with 60% awareness across the world – higher than other UK cultural exports such as British sports, universities and technology.

Last month we set out plans to become a digital first organisation. The first phase represents £500m of efficiencies, cuts and reinvestment to drive changes to content and output.

We've also published our latest update on our ongoing work on impartiality.

We continue to deliver for audiences through brilliant content and events that bring the nation together like the Queen's Jubilee and sporting events including Wimbledon, the Commonwealth Games, the Women's Euros and the World Cup.

(BBC Press Office)

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Indian startup offers software-based digital radio broadcast receiver

Indian startup offers software-based digital radio broadcast receiver

Speaking to Digitimes Asia recently, Rajith Nair, CEO and MD of Inntot Technologies, explains that the company provides a digital radio broadcast receiver solution that is software-defined, patented, highly cost-effective, universal, and platform agnostic. This will enable a flourishing digital radio receiver market and subsequent transition from analog to digital broadcast radio receiver solutions.


India’s Public Service Broadcaster Prasar Bharati Launches New Logo

Prasar Bharati India's public broadcaster, unveiled its new logo on 11th July 2022 & with that added a new chapter in its glorious history.

The new logo was released by the Secretary I&B Shri Apurva Chandra, in the presence of CEO Prasar Bharati Shri Mayank Kumar Agrawal, Prasar Bharati, Member (Finance) Shri DPS Negi, and senior officers of Ministry of I&B and Prasar Bharati.

The new logo of Prasar Bharti is replete with rich meaning. In the new logo symbol for Prasar Bharati, an autonomous statutory body under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the elements in the central circle and map of India signify the service of trust, security, and perfection for the common man. The organization started as All India Radio (AIR) in the past and Doordarshan (DD) was born to cater television services later and finally came Prasar Bharati (PB) by enactment of an act by the parliament, which is visualized in the logo identity as emerging and evolving from the centre.

While the elements in the central circle and map of India signify the service of trust, security and perfection to the Nation, its colour, 'Dark Moderate Blue' represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, and intelligence. The colour blue also pays tribute to the Indian ethos and traditions associated with religious figures, mythological characters found in the Indian miniature paintings.


On the occasion of unveiling of the new logo, Prasar Bharti's Member (Personnel) Shri DPS Negi opined that in the earlier format, the corporate office of Prasar Bharati used both AIR and Doordarshan logos on both the sides of the written text 'PRASAR BHARATI' along with the Indian emblem in the middle. Inspired from the identities of both AIR and Doordarshan, the new logo of Prasar Bharati is defined as a blend of both AIR and Doordarshan. It not only encloses the elements from their visual identities, but it also leverages their colour combinations, to complement the identity of PB as a public service broadcaster.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Prasar Bharati  is a statutory autonomous body set up by an Act of Parliament. It comprises of the Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio (AIR), which were earlier media units of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.

(Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)

Saturday, July 02, 2022

DW resumes its Russian program

Deutsche Welle resumes radio broadcasting in Russian

With effect from 1st July'22 on 1386 kHz via Lithuania, daily 1800-1830 UTC

"radio versions of the TV shows DW News and To the Very Point. Broadcasting on medium waves is a joint project with Radio Liberty."


(Kim Andrew Elliott on Twitter)

Friday, July 01, 2022

BBC News Ukraine marks 30th anniversary amid Russian invasion

BBC News Ukraine marks 30th anniversary amid Russian invasion

As Russia's war on Ukraine continues to hold the global centre stage, the BBC is marking 30 years of serving its Ukrainian-speaking audience.

On 1 June 1992, the BBC started short- and medium-wave radio broadcasts for then newly independent Ukraine.  Today, BBC News Ukraine – BBC News Україна – is serving its audience via the website bbc.ua, its YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, TikTok and Viber.  The BBC News Ukraine Monday to Friday TV news programme is rebroadcast by Ukraine's national TV channels Espreso, Priamyj and 5 Kanal.

The Ukrainian service was the BBC's first non-Russian language service for the post-Soviet states.  First based in London, with correspondents in Ukraine, the service then moved to digital platforms, primarily delivered from Kyiv.  Its TV news programme is produced in and presented from London.

Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of BBC World Service, Liliane Landor, says: "The excellent work of the BBC's Ukrainian service has gone from strength to strength over the decades.  Their coverage of the war really showcases their outstanding and often selfless professionalism, as demonstrated by each and everyone in the team.  Their journalism has been crucial, both for their direct audience and for the BBC's UK and global audiences."

As Russia launched its assault on Ukraine in the early hours of 24 February 2022, the BBC News Ukraine website bbc.ua started its live coverage, Russia's war against Ukraine. Published as the first explosions shook Kyiv, the live page, maintained by contributions from every member of the team, hasn't stopped its flow of comprehensive reporting and analysis.

Since 24 February, the BBC News Ukraine TV news bulletin has been extended from 15 to 30 minutes.  During the first two weeks of the war, to keep the viewers abreast of the fast-moving developments, the TV team produced a second daily 30-minute edition while also contributing to the BBC's English-language news coverage.  Weekly channel viewing on YouTube grew tenfold compared to the pre-war period.  Since 11 May, two more national TV channels, Priamyj and 5 Kanal, have been rebroadcasting the BBC News Ukraine TV programme.  

BBC News Ukraine Editor, Marta Shokalo, comments: "While each of us, be it in Kyiv or London, has been personally affected by the life-shattering developments, our work as journalists has continued. From the very first day we were fully aware – also on a personal level – how crucial trusted information was when life-and-death decisions had to be made.  Those of us in Ukraine learned that we can work anywhere, even in a bomb-shelter.  I'll always remember the relief after morning and evening rollcalls confirming every member of the team was accounted for and safe.  And the unwavering support of the BBC colleagues in London and around the world."    

On the first week of the Russia invasion, BBC News Ukraine reached a record 5.6 million people across the website bbc.ua and social platforms. Over the following two months, the service has maintained a weekly digital audience that is more than double its average for previous years.  Among the service's popular content, Albiy Shudrya's piece from the trenches in the Donetsk region about the contents of the Ukrainian army fighter's dry ration has clocked 1.4 million views on YouTube and 2.8 million views on the service's newly launched TikTok channel.

Alongside bringing the BBC's global news coverage to Ukrainian audiences, BBC News Ukraine continues to be a crucial part of bringing Ukraine to international audiences.  And even as the service's resources are dedicated to the all-consuming war coverage, Viktoriia Zhuhan's documentary about the Eurovision winners, Kalush Orchestra, provided the BBC's UK and international audiences with exclusive access to the group, following them from the war-torn outskirts of Kyiv to their triumph in Turin.

As it delivers the BBC's global news coverage to Ukrainian audiences, BBC News Ukraine continues to be a crucial part of bringing Ukraine to international audiences, with correspondents appearing across the BBC, helping shape the BBC storytelling with expert voices and analysis.

BBC News Ukraine is part of BBC World Service.

(BBC Press Release)