Thursday, September 01, 2011

WRN Broadcast launches VoA in Southern Africa

WRN Broadcast, the international broadcast managed services company, has announced the launch of their transmission of a new satellite radio service for Voice of America - VoA Southern Africa. This direct-to-home (DTH) service will cover all of sub-Saharan Africa on a popular satellite but the programming will largely be tailored to audiences in Zimbabwe. The new radio channel will air 24 hours a day and will be free to listeners. Initially, prominent programming includes the news show 'Studio 7', call-in programme 'Live Talk', as well as other content in English, Portuguese, Shona and Ndebele. VOA Africa Division Director, Gwen Dillard, says home satellite use is growing around the world and this new service "demonstrates Voice of America's commitment to bringing objective and reliable news programs to our audiences on platforms they are comfortable using." Meanwhile WRN Broadcast added, "we are pleased to provide another DTH satellite service for United States international broadcaster, VoA. Not only does DTH to small dishes have good audience penetration in countries such as Zimbabwe, it is also cost-effective compared with terrestrial alternatives". The service is broadcast on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68 degrees east on the Ku frequency band.

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About WRN Broadcast (

International broadcast services company WRN Broadcast enables broadcasters, media owners and brands to deliver content to audiences worldwide. Founded in 1992, WRN Broadcast is a leading broadcast technical services company working across digital content platforms to provide broadcast clients with worldwide coverage. The company specialises in end-to-end solutions for ingest, content management, playout, encoding, multiplexing and worldwide fibre and satellite distribution. WRN Broadcast has a state-of-the-art Media Centre offering clients the latest in broadcast technologies. WRN Broadcast manages playout and distribution services for over 250 clients worldwide including some of the most recognized broadcast brands.

(WRN Press Release)

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