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.

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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, 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 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 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)

VOA Launches Programming in Sindhi

VOA Launches Programming in Sindhi

Voice of America today launched a new webpage in the Sindhi language (, under VOA's Urdu broadcasting service. Sindhi is spoken mostly in the southeastern region of Pakistan and by more than 35 million speakers throughout South Asia.  

The new language webpage will include content on world news, current affairs, science, technology, women's issues, education, as well as bilateral relations between the U.S. and the South Asian region and its population.

"This new service will provide Sindhi speakers the critical news and information they need, as well as contribute to telling America's story in that region," explained Acting VOA Director Yolanda López. "I look forward to seeing more people being served by VOA and our programming through this new language."

Broadcasting to Pakistan since 1952, VOA's Urdu service reaches more than 6 million people weekly. The addition of the Sindhi language to VOA's global offerings will broaden VOA's audience in Pakistan over time.

With the addition of Sindhi, Voice of America now broadcasts in 48 languages, nine of which are languages spoken in South and Central Asia.

(Voice of America Press Release)