Friday, July 31, 2020

Special daily COVID-19 broadcast of Eye Radio from August 1

Extended schedule of MGB Eye Radio from August 1 :

0400-0500 UTC on  7340 kHz SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic Mon-Fri
0500-0600 UTC on  7340 kHz ^MDC 250 kW / 335 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic  Daily#
1500-1600 UTC on 15410 kHz MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic  Daily#
1600-1700 UTC on 15410 kHz ISS 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Mon-Fri**including other langs English/Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho
#Special daily COVID-19 broadcast of Eye Radio in various languages

(Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria)

RTI German language special transmissions from Tamsui transmitter site, Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International German-language special transmissions from the Tamsui  transmitter site in Taiwan:

This year too, RTI is broadcasting its German-language program directly from the Tamsui broadcasting station in northern Taiwan on several days:

Broadcast dates and frequencies:

Frequency 11600 kHz 1700-1800 UTC
Frequency 7250 kHz 1800-1900 UTC

July 31 (Friday)
August 01 (Saturday)
August 02 (Sunday)
August 07 (Friday)
August 08 (Saturday)
August 09 (Sunday)
August 14 (Friday)
August 15 (Saturday)
August 16 (Sunday)
August 21 (Friday)
August 22 (Saturday)
August 23 (Sunday)

Reports will be confirmed with a special QSL card.

Submit reports using RTI web form :
Or, by email to : 

Or, by post to : Radio Taiwan International, German Service, PO Box 123-199, Taipei 11199, Taiwan.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

BBC announces all time record global audience

The BBC's global reach increased by 11% year on year in 2020 to 468.2m people a week - the highest number ever.

BBC News accounts for 438.4m of the total with an annual increase of 13%. Digital platforms are key to the success, with an increase of 53% in BBC News users. A total of 151m users now access BBC News digitally according the annual Global Audience Measure which measures how many individuals the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment content in the year 2019/20.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, says: "We are without question one of Britain's strongest and best-known brands, synonymous with quality and accuracy worldwide. Our international news services rank first for trust and reliability and the World Service remains a beacon of democratic values. Independent research shows that there is an exceptionally high correlation between places where people are aware of the BBC and places where people think positively about the UK. More than that, the BBC helps UK trade. This has perhaps never been more important. The UK will forge a new relationship with the world in the decade ahead, built on an ambitious vision of 'Global Britain'. Success will mean drawing on all our considerable international assets, and that means unleashing the full global potential of the BBC."

In late March 2020, as the Covid-19 virus spread and trusted sources of information were in demand, BBC News recorded the highest reach of any international media organisation in the world with 310m people accessing coverage across 42 languages.

BBC global content is increasingly popular on global platforms like Youtube with a 129% increase in audiences to 47m a week - overtaking Facebook with a 31% increase to 43m. Twitter reach has doubled to 6m and Instagram also reaches 6m weekly.

Other highlights of the 2020 Global Audience Measure:

- BBC World News channel made significant gains to reach 112m - with growth in the Americas at 50%.  

- BBC World Service languages up 13% to 292.1m with a big uptick in digital engagement among audiences aged 15-24 who now make up a third of the total. BBC News Hindi is now the second most popular service with 25m - behind Arabic with 42m (+67%). BBC Chinese saw an increase of 141%, Russian is up 32% and BBC Mundo 40%. Other big percentage increases include Serbian (+327%), Yoruba (+166%) and Afaan Oromoo (+143%).

- BBC Studios increased reach by 5.8m to 49.1m up 13%.

- BBC World Service English audiences up by 8% to 97m. The Global News Podcast remains the BBC's most popular with audiences approaching 1m a week. Italy contributed 1.4m new listeners on DAB radio.

- BBC Media Action - the BBC's international charity that helps to strengthen governance, improve people's health and humanitarian response - saw an increase in audience of 4m to 18m.

New content funded by the UK government's World 2020 initiative attracted new audiences, with Sport Africa - including extensive Premier League coverage; Africa Eye with groundbreaking investigative journalism; and What's New for young African audiences performing particularly well.  

The top 10 countries by BBC News audience are:

India - 60,400,000
United States - 49,500,000
Nigeria - 37,200,000
Kenya - 14,600,000
Tanzania -14,000,000
Bangladesh - 11,900,000
Afghanistan - 11,400,000
Iran - 11,300,000
Canada - 9,700,000
Pakistan - 9,700,000

The Global Audience Measure is an annual update of how many people are consuming the BBC weekly for all services in all countries across all platforms (television, radio, website and social media). Key to this is de-duplication i.e. ensuring that a person who consumes multiple BBC services or platforms or on multiple devices is not counted many times in the top level totals, which means those totals are often not the sums of their constituent parts.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

AIR External Service resumes Farsi broadcast

All India Radio External Service has resumed the following transmission which was suspended due to Covid-19 :

Persian 0400-0430 UTC on 11560, 15210 kHz to Iran

The updated schedues are available as follows:

(Jose Jacob, National Institute of Amateur Radio )

Radio Tehran Bengali service tests

Radio Tehran Bengali service will be testing on 9965 kHz at 1420-1520 UTC for 3 days (20-22 July).
Reception reports from target area appreciated.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Vatican Radio webinar on 70 years of english language txn to Africa

A webinar commemorating 70 years of Vatican Radio's English language transmissions, to Africa, was carried Live on the Vatican News YouTube channel on 17 July 2020.

Recording of webinar is available at :

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

DRM digital radio standard recommended by the South African government

DRM digital radio standard recommended by the South African government

The South African Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams, issued on July 1st 2020 the policy direction regarding the introduction of digital sound broadcasting (DSB) in South Africa which recommends both DRM (for AM and FM bands) and DAB+.  

This is a momentous decision for South Africa, the African continent and also a first for digital audio broadcasting as it brings together the two ITU recommended open digital radio standards, DRM and DAB+.

The directive is based on the regulatory South African acts, the ITU Radio Regulations of 2016, the SADC (LINK) band plans and the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy. The aim is to provide a licensing framework and optimum allocation of radio frequencies for the South African three-tier system of public, commercial and community broadcasting services. This will stimulate, where economically feasible, the South African industry in the manufacturing of DSB receivers and ancillary gadgets and encourage investment in the broadcasting sector. This is both a positive sign and encouragement to the broadcasting sector to attain the goals for universal service and access to all.

The recommendations are:

DRM Digital Radio Mondiale to complement analogue AM service in the MW band (535.5- 1606.5 kHz), analogue FM services in VHF band-II (87.5-108 MHz); and to be deployed in the allocated VHF band-III (214-230 MHz).

DAB+ transmissions to complement in the allocated VHF band-III (214-230 MHz).

All DRM and DAB configurations of the respective standards to complement the existing analogue sound broadcasting in any other applicable sound broadcasting band within the confines of the prevailing radio frequency plan and consistent with ITU Radio Regulations for Region 1.

Here's the policy document on the introduction of digital sound broadcasting in South Africa :

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

TWR India A20 frequency changes

TWR India A20 frequency changes wef 5th July, 2020

12160 kHz 1345-1400 UTC 100 kW TAC Wed      MARWARI (Ex Tues and Wed)
12160 kHz 1345-1400 UTC 100 kW TAC Tues     HINDI (New)
13745 kHz 1345-1400 kHz 300 kW CAW Sun/Sat  HINDI (ex Sun at 1330-1345 UTC)
13745 kHz 1330-1345 kHz 300 kW CAW Sun      BRAJ BHASHA (New)
13745 kHz 1345-1400 kHz 300 kW CAW Sun/Sat  KASHMIRI (Dropped)
13745 kHz 1400-1415 kHz 300 kW CAW Sun/Sat  GARHWALI (Dropped)
13745 kHz 1415-1430 kHz 300 kW CAW Sun/Sat  HINDI (Dropped)
13745 kHz 1430-1445 kHz 300 kW CAW Sun/Thu/Fri/Sat HINDI (Dropped)
13745 kHz 1430-1445 kHz 300 kW CAW Mon      BRAJ BHASHA (Dropped)
13745 kHz 1430-1445 kHz 300 kW CAW Tues/Wed DOGRI (Dropped)

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

AIR Thiruvanthapuram back on SW

All India Radio,Thiruvanthapuram,Kerala was noted back on 5th July, 2020 on shortwave 5010 kHz after many months of absence. Both 5010 kHz and 7290 kHz was heard. Signal was weak with some hum. 

Their regular schedule is: 
5010 kHz 0020-0205 UTC 1130-1740 UTC 
7290 kHz 0230-0930 UTC (Sat, Sun 1030) UTC 

Recepetion reports to

Website :

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad)

Coming soon - New Andromeda 100W Transceiver from Apache Labs, India

Sneak peek at the Andromeda 100W Transceiver from Apache Labs

10th GEN Intel 6 Core i7, 7 inch built in touch screen and an option to add up to two External HD Monitors.

Windows 10 Powerful PC and an Ultra High performance 100W SDR with PureSignal.
Goodness in a single compact Box!

Run FT8 and other Digital Modes out of the box!

Coming Soon!

Digital Radio Mondiale DRM and AUB/UAR–Enhancing Distance Education to Africa Webinar

Digital Radio Mondiale DRM and AUB/UAR– Enhancing Distance Education to Africa

The DRM Consortium, in its first significant collaboration with the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB/UAR), is planning a joint interactive webinar session on July 9th (0900 - 1100 UTC).

The aim of the webinar is to share with technical staff, journalists/content creators of the major broadcasting African organisations and all those interested in education, the advantages and benefits of the only all-band digital audio broadcasting standard, DRM, and the role it can have in distance learning. Delivering both audio and visual content can be effectively done using DRM. This makes available information and education to everyone wherever they are, even in the most remote corners of this huge continent.

During the webinar the participants will learn how Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) can be as effective in delivering radio programmes as well as rich and tailored teaching material to millions of students who have no access to IP connections and related devices. The webinar will be theoretical but also practical and interactive. Its starting premise and conclusion are that DRM can deliver education and information to a maximum number of citizens in today's world. This unique initiative will take participants from the basic information on DRM to more detailed knowledge in a useful and practical way.

Ndjaka Grégoire, AUB/UAR Chief Executive Officer, sees this as an important event "because education is such an important challenge for all our members and the whole African continent. Being able to use the latest digital radio technology for delivering education and information is exactly what we are trying to promote and get engaged in."

This is a new challenge for the DRM Consortium which has engaged with African broadcasters before but, as DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, explained: "this is indeed a first for us and we hope that will serve as an introduction to DRM and its potential. With the support and involvement of African broadcasters, we can create a platform that could set an example not just for Africa but other parts of the world where delivering education to all is quite a mountain to climb, especially in these uncertain times."

The webinar will be held on July 9th 0900-1100 UTC.

Please register here :  

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 components 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.

The DRM Consortium was awarded by ITU for its outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications sector over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

For more information and DRM updates please visit or subscribe to DRM news by writing to

Go to to subscribe to the general DRM newsletter or the special India Noticeboard with all the latest DRM news.

About AUB

The African Union of Broadcasting is a continental organization created in November 2006 in Abuja, Nigeria in replacement of the Union of African National Radio and Television (URTNA). Today the AUB is a professional body composed of National Radio and Television Organizations of African States that are committed to the development of all aspects of broadcasting in Africa. The AUB brings together more than 54 member organizations (Radio and TV) representing public and private broadcasters of the African continent.

The AUB enhances the promotion of the Radio as a main tool of communication. Also a permanent member of the World Radio Day committee in partnership with the UNESCO. Some of its other key actions are: the marketing of sporting events rights (CAF, FIFA…), the question of migration in the African continent, copyright issues and curb of climate change problems together with the United Nations for Disaster risk reduction.

AUB owns a Network of Programs and News Exchange "AUBvision"; this network has given an ideal occasion for all members, partners of the AUB to exchange their contents and tell their stories to the entire world.

Inasmuch as trainings are concerned, 
- In Casablanca, Morocco the AUB with 2M Soread, jointly organized in April 2018, a training on the use of Smartphones for Media coverage;

- In Algeria, November 2018 a training on the technics of digital and terrestrial transmission was organized together with the Algerian Television (TDA);

- More so, the AUB has launched a training session with ASBU for its members on the utilization of the Platform of Network of Programs and News exchange. 
The opportunity is given to our members to be up to the task of using new technologies and producing quality and quantity content which portray the real image of Africa.

- And with the Republic of Egypt, the AUB organizes yearly trainings for programmers and all other fields of the broadcasting Industry

For more detail please visit

(Press Release)

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Frequency change of Reach Beyond Australia from 17850 kHz to new 12010 kHz


Frequency change of Reach Beyond Australia from 17850 kHz to new 12010 kHz

1130-1200 UTC on 12010 kHz KNX 100 kW / 310 deg to South Asia, ex 17850 kHz

Various languages as follows :

1130-1145 UTC Dzongkha Daily;
1145-1200 UTC Nepali Mon/Fri; Tsangla Tue-Thu; Dzongkha Sat/Sun.

All India Radio Frequency changes effective 1st July, 2020

Frequency changes of All India Radio AIR External Service with effect from 1st July, 2020 :

1145-1315 UTC NF 17595 BGL 500 kW / 038 deg to EaAs Chinese, ex 17510
1215-1330 UTC NF  9580 BGL 500 kW / 038 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex  9450