The Sunday Times reports that UK media regulator Ofcom is proposing to redraw its licensing rules for digital radio to encourage Global Radio and Channel 4 to combine their efforts with the struggling technology. According to the report, the plan involves Channel 4 and its minority partners taking a 65% stake in Digital One (D1), [...]
Posts from ‘August, 2008’
The English Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will be re-launched with a new vision from tomorrow. The current nine-hour daily airtime allocated to the BBC will be reduced to three and a half hours, giving listeners an opportunity to enjoy more local programmes and music.
The new programmes will be more modern in approach. SLBC’s music library [...]
New Syria TV – the first attempt by the Syrian opposition to launch a television station – began broadcasting on 17 August but stopped being transmitted on the evening of 26 August. The channel, broadcast via satellite from Brussels, is backed by the opposition National Salvation Front, which is led by former Syrian vice-president Abdel [...]
Restrictions on foreign investor participation in Turkish broadcasting companies will be relaxed with amendments to be made to the current Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) Law, which currently allows foreign companies only partial ownership (up to 25 percent) of media institutions in Turkey.
A draft RTÜK bill prepared by the Council and sent to the [...]
The government of Pakistan has decided to postpone the end of Daylight Saving Time until 1 November, instead of 1 September as originally announced. Pakistan is currently on UTC + 6h. From 1 November Pakistan will revert to UTC + 5h.
Amongst other things, this means the VOA Urdu service will continue to use its present timings and frequencies till the [...]
On Wednesday, 3 September Radio Sweden will be celebrating its 70th birthday with special broadcasts, a panel discussion, and live music. The first English broadcast of the day, at 1230 UTC, will be a live programme from Studio 5 at Broadcasting House in Stockholm. Radio Sweden will be looking back at some of the major stories it has covered over the years, [...]
The DRM Consortium introduces its most recent advancement at IFA in Berlin, one of the key events for the global consumer electronics industry. This year the DRM Consortium will be showing the latest DRM capable receivers at the Digital Radio Stand, Hall 2.2, booth 107. DRM+ will be featured in the Science and Technology Forum [...]
The next generation of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) has arrived: at the Fraunhofer stand at IFA in Berlin, which opens today until 3 September, the German radiostation Rock Antenne will be the world’s first radio station to broadcast its programme in DAB Surround and MP3 Surround Internet radio.
DAB Surround will lend a whole new quality to digital radio [...]
Starting from September 1, 2008 all TV and radio stations broadcasting without a necessary permit, and there are more than 300 of them in Serbia, will be shut down. The National Broadcasting Agency (RRA) and National Agency for Telecommunications (Ratel) will partake in this activity.
It is impossible for those stations to find loopholes in the [...]
Ecuador has ordered television and radio stations to transmit government programmes that inform the public about a plan to reform the constitution that will bolster President Rafael Correa’s powers. In a letter, the education ministry told the country’s media watchdog to enforce a law that obliges private radio and television stations to broadcast up to one [...]
BBC World Service launches today a special news and current affairs programme for audiences in the Southern and Eastern regions of Afghanistan. Stasu Narray, from the BBC Pashto service, will bring 30 minutes of news and in-depth analysis to Pashto-speakers, including those on the Pakistan border, every day at 1630 UTC.
Stasu Narray will discuss a wide [...]
The establishment of a TV network broadcasting films and serials with Arabic subtitles, has been proposed to Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Announcing this, the deputy director for international affairs of IRIB noted that once the proposal is approved, the 24-hour network will be launched for the Middle East region.
“As per the latest studies, most of [...]
Azerbaijan National Television and Radio Council to establish monitoring centres to observe regional channels
Azerbaijan’s National Television and Radio Council plans to establish monitoring centres to observe the TV channels in the Azerbaijani regions, council member Gafar Jabiyev told the Azeri Press Agency. Jabiyev said that the increase of regional channels made it necessary to monitor them. The council member said the first monitoring centre would be possibly established in Gandja. [...]
Squatting on the floor of his hut in the cyclone-affected Ayeryarwady Delta, Kyaw Kyaw gingerly adjusts his radio to hear the latest news from Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s newly established capital. “Radio is now part of our life,” the 30-year-old said. “We don’t pass a single day without listening to the weather report.”
In post-cyclone Myanmar, much of [...]
Almost 60 years have passed since Army Radio (Galatz) was opened in Israel, and now a petition to the High Court of Justice is threatening the continuance of its Shabbat broadcasts. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has demanded that the High Court prevent the station from forcing soldiers in obligatory army service, career [...]