Moscow, 27 March: The radio company Voice of Russia is beginning modernization of its activity, including an increase in the number of languages in which it broadcasts and an expansion of its broadcasting via the Internet.
“The move to a new schedule will take place on 29 March. The worldwide English-language service of the Voice of Russia will switch to a round-the-clock broadcasting format, and broadcasting to Latin American countries in Spanish and Portuguese will increase from two to five hours,” Interfax was told on Friday by the director general of Voice of Russia, Andrey Bystritskiy.
Bystritskiy also said: “Soon, Voice of Russia will increase broadcasting in the languages of the CIS countries - in particular, there will be programmes in Ukrainian and Georgian.”
“The radio company is already working in Armenian, Uzbek, and Moldovan, and it plans to increase broadcasting in Kyrgyz. Working with the CIS audience is a key area of our activity,” Bystritskiy said.
At the same time, “absolutely all the languages in which Voice of Russia broadcasts will be present on the Internet, on the radio company’s website,” he added.
“It is planned to increase the total number of languages in which Voice of Russia works, in various formats, from 38 to 40 within the framework of broadcast modernization,” Bystritskiy said.
(Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0957 gmt 27 Mar 09 via BBC Monitoring)
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