Monday, July 28, 2014

The gutting of Radio Australia

The ABC's international broadcasting to the Pacific islands is being devastated by the latest round of staffing cuts, writes Nic Maclellan

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Radio New Zealand mailbox program goes after 65 years

We were saddened to learn today that the Radio NZ International Mailbox program to which we regularly contribute features about Pacific radio has been cancelled after 65 years. That's a good run,
and we're pleased the funds will now be used for the core news and information programs directed to the South Pacific, which is the funded target area for RNZI.

We have about 10 years of features we've researched and presented, and we will shortly be working through these and converting them into multi-media features at our website We've already got an example there, Papua New Guinea Radio, and it's proving quite popular. Why not check it out.

A special thanks to our team of financial supporters who make it possible to keep the project going each month. If you can join them, we'd love to hear from you this month. Currently, we need to find
$1,649 to meet all our obligations by July 31. We welcome your gifts to help us continue all aspects of the project to protect radio memorabilia from being thrown away or lost, and we'd also love to add
you to the Supporter Roll of Honor at

You'll find simple and quick ways to make a gift that counts just by looking under the ZCO Tonga logo on the right-hand side of every page. And, whilst you're there, have a look around the hundreds of features and images, explore our radio guides, learn more about our mission, and share us on various social media. Did you know we have a Facebook page with over 1,350 fans!

Whether you're in the middle of summer or the middle of winter, it's good to know we have so many friends, like you, that we can count on to keep the radio memories safe for future generations.

Best wishes from the team
Radio Heritage Foundation
Connecting today's people with yesterday's radio

Japan donates new shortwave transmitter to Solomon Islands

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.
The more than 40-million dollars facility is donated under a project called "Improvement of Radio Broadcasting Network for Disaster Prevention" and is to improve early warning systems during times of disasters in Solomon Islands.
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BBC Uzbek comes to Saraish Radio in Afghanistan

BBC World Service has extended the availability of its Uzbek-language radio programming in north-western Afghanistan.
Thanks to a new co-operation with Saraish Radio 91.1 FM, which reaches audiences in the Jowzjan and Sar-e Pol provinces with large ethnic Uzbek population, the station now broadcasts BBC Uzbek service's hour-long radio programming every day at 17.30-18.30 local time.
Saraish Radio 91.1 FM is a private station which sees women as its main target audience and covers sensitive issues such as women's education and role in society. It broadcasts news and current affairs, youth and educational programmes, talk shows, short dramas and sport. Uzbek is widely spoken in the area covered by Saraish Radio.
Saraish Radio Founder and President, Farida Rahim Azizi, comments: "Everyone at Radio Saraish is excited about our cooperation with the BBC. Thanks to this new arrangement, BBC radio will reach Uzbek-speakers in our region, bringing them unbiased, objective news and information. This is an excellent development for Saraish Radio and our listeners."
Since it launched 20 years ago, BBC Uzbek service has built a strong reputation for impartial news, reporting to a region where unbiased news is hard to come by. Editor of Central Asia Hub, BBC World Service, Hamid Ismailov, says: "International news and current-affairs content is not readily available in this area of Afghanistan. We are delighted that, thanks to this new link with Saraish Radio, BBC Uzbek radio programming will reach a large audience of Uzbek-speakers, especially women in rural areas, bringing them news and analysis from the wider region and the rest of the world, in their own language."
BBC Uzbek is part of BBC World Service.
(BBC Press Release)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

All India Radio celebrates 87th anniversary

Message from Director General All India Radio on the anniversary of beginning of structured Broadcasting in India
Akashvani (AIR), a brand that epitomises true public service to world's largest fast changing middle class society which contributes to and demands sincerity (of purpose) from its pillow companion, has lived through the vicissitudes of a little less than nine decades.
On this occasion of remembrance, I remember with fondness all my colleagues' mentors & revered audiences who supplement and complement each other to make air purposeful at home & abroad.
(F. Sheheryar from IBC,CWG, Media Centre, Glasgow)
All India Radio: History, Status and Future
Odisha-based organization Outreach celebrated 87th Birthday of Radio in India -

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: It was 1927 July 23rd when first radio broadcast took place in Mumbai by a radio club. Remembering Radio's birth in India the day was celebrated by radio professionals at Red Cross Bhavan Seminar Hall at Bhubaneswar. A leading social organisation 'Outreach' in association with Community Radio Association east zone, organised this mega event on the occasion. - See more at:


All India Radio starts new shortwave service for south India

All India Radio(AIR) has started, from 21st July, a new service on Short Wave with Vividh Bharati and National Channel combined on 9380 kHz coming from Aligarh towards Southern India.

The schedule is :

0100-0435 UTC Vividh Bharati
0900-1200 UTC Vividh Bharati
1320-0040 UTC National Channel (replacing 9470kHz).

9870 kHz with Vividh Bharati and 9425 kHz with National Channel will continue as before.

(Akashvani Prasar Bharati on FB)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SWR's broadcast schedule for 1st & 2nd Aug 2014

Scandinavian Weekend Radio's (SWR) next broadcast is scheduled on 1st and 2nd August, 2014. Transmitter site is located in the Virrat, Upper Tampere region, broadcasts mainly on the first Saturday of every month for 24 hours of short waves, medium waves and FM starting 00:01 local time. (+3 UTC). Location: (N 62°23' E 23°37')

BBC to move Tamil service from London to India

Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times
London, July 19, 2014
The popular Tamil language service of the BBC is to be moved from London to India, where it will be relocated with the BBC Hindi service, according to new plans announced to cut costs until 2017.
A BBC World Service spokesperson told HT: "In India, BBC Tamil has a growing audience and we believe that relocating the team with BBC Hindi – which successfully relocated to Delhi and has achieved digital and TV growth – will benefit audiences".
Read the HT news report at.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Commemorative stamp issued for DZRH, oldest AM radio station in Philippines

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) issues today, July 15, 2014, single-design commemorative stamps celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of DZRH, the Philippines' oldest and the only AM radio station with nationwide presence.
The commemorative stamps feature the Diamond Anniversary Logo of DZRH and the design was by Johnson Escaner.
Postmaster General Josie M. Dela Cruz said this commemorative stamp is a fitting tribute to the monumental contribution of DZRH radio station in our nation's history, through its massive campaign to highlight responsible broadcasting and the continuing relevance of the radio industry, as well as in renewing its commitment to public service.
"We issue the DZRH commemorative stamps as we recognize the significant roles and milestones of DZRH in the annals of Philippine history," states PMG Dela Cruz.
During World War II, DZRH was the only radio station spared from being shut down by the Japanese; it was through this station that the Japanese announced the surrender of U.S. and Philippine forces. In1949, after the proclamation of the second Philippine Republic, DZRH became the first radio station in the country to simultaneously broadcast in AM and short-wave frequencies.
Today, DZRH is the only AM station that has the widest reach in the Philippines, simultaneously broadcasted via satellite and through its 18 relay stations strategically located throughout the country and also through audio-video streaming at
About 104,000 copies of the stamps were printed using imported unwatermarked paper, in Php25 denomination. These will be available at the Post Shop of the Manila Central Office, all area offices, and post offices nationwide.

(PHLpost Press Release)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SWRA shortwave broadcasts to end on 18th July

Gerry Jackson
SW Radio Africa
17th July 2014
It is with regret that SW Radio Africa announces that after 13 years, our shortwave broadcasts are to end on Friday 18th July.
You have welcomed us into your homes since our first shortwave broadcast on 19th December 2001.
Our broadcasts will continue on our website, via Channel Zim through TV decoders, and by various other forms of new media.
More at :

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Digital Radio Mondiale at IBC 2014

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is already preparing for this year's International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 12th - 16th September. IBC is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasters and media professionals and attracts over 150,000 visitors every year from over 160 countries worldwide.

All those interested will be able to meet DRM experts, broadcasters and manufacturers on Friday 12th (Ampegon booth, Hall 8 stand D35) and on Saturday 13th (Nautel booth, Hall 8 Stand C49). Under the banner "DRM-Building to a Billion and Beyond" the event on Saturday will chart the journey from last year's plans to this year's reality.

Participants will be able to see and hear all the latest DRM30 and DRM+ technology in action and receive an update on the recent market developments.

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: "This year in Amsterdam we will demonstrate that DRM is becoming established. During IBC we hope to make an exciting announcement to underline that global, green and extremely cost-effective DRM is the future of digital radio."

Other DRM members present at IBC are: Digidia, Fraunhofer IIs, GatesAir, RFmondial, Thomson and Transradio.

If you want to attend the DRM events please contact:

About DRM

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

The DRM standard comprises of two major configurations: 'DRM30' intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called 'DRM+', tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.  DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

For more information and DRM updates please visit or subscribe to DRM news by writing to  Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.
DRM Consortium
Postal Box 360
1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva
Site for DRM:

(Press Release)

Sunday, July 06, 2014

ABC launches indigenous languages news service for 12-month trial

The ABC has launched an Indigenous language news service trial in the Northern Territory. The daily service will provide radio news bulletins in two Aboriginal languages, Warlpiri and Yolngu Matha.
The Indigenous Language News Service is designed to increase access to the ABC's news programming for Aboriginal people living in some of the remotest parts of the Northern Territory.
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WRTH A14 season schedule updates file available for download

World Radio TV Handbook has posted updates to the A14 season international radio broadcasting schedules, these are available to download, for free, from, including the cuts and changes to VOA/RFA/RFE etc.

Sean D. Gilbert, International Editor - WRTH (World Radio TV Handbook)

Direct link for update file :

Undercover Radio's wounded warrior project

Something strange happens on 6925 kHz on the weekends. This slice of frequency, just below the 40-meter amateur radio band, is normally reserved for government fixed and mobile services and contains very few, if any, active stations. But on Friday or Saturday evenings it may suddenly spring to life with music, chat and commentary as if it was in the AM or FM broadcast band, as shortwave pirate radio operators begin their broadcasts.
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International radio and TV meet in Cuba, India expected to attend

NEW DELHI: A large contingent of officials from Prasar Bharati apart from the private industry is expected to attend the Radio and Television Convention Cuba 2014, International Radio and Television Fair and Exhibition in Havana.
Organised by the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, the meet is aimed at targeting executives, producers and specialists to promote the exchange of ideas and views, the collaboration and marketing of TV products, technology and services.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Bangladesh Betar's official website gets a facelift & new URL

Bangladesh Betar's official website has got a facelift, revamped website is now available at a new URL
Re-launched website has improved n' refreshingly colorful format and exciting new features and information has been added. The revamped website also offers new content like coverage maps and extensive information under Right to Information alongwith live audio streaming for AM and FM programs.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Radio as a medium will never die: Octogenarian Ameen Sayani

The 'cheap, accessible and wonderful' medium of radio is here to stay, says Ameen Sayani, the octogenarian radio presenter of the popular show "Binaca Geet Mala". He adds that "splurge of digital mediums" such as music players and iPods "will not result into the death of radio".