Saturday, June 30, 2018

Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave

Beijing swiftly moves into any of the spaces Australia abandons, and Canberra lacks the capability to reclaim them.

By Grant Wyeth

t was noted last week that some of the shortwave radio frequencies that Radio Australia ceased broadcasting on early last year had been taken over by China Radio International, the Chinese state broadcaster, allowing Beijing to move into broadcasting space that had been a trusted component of quality information and projection of Australian values for almost 80 years. As many as 10 ­frequencies that Radio Australia had previous used now broadcast China Radio International programs.

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