A special radio service for Sri Lanka’s fishing community will be launched today by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art fish trade center at Peliyagoda on the outskirts of Colombo city. The radio service, named Sayura (ocean) FM, will cater for the working fishing community from 12 midnight to 4am daily. It is sponsored by the Sri Lanka Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and broadcast by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
Relentless jamming by President Robert Mugabe’s forces is depriving Zimbabweans of a wide array of free entertainment sources provided by foreign governments. Music and soccer have become the latest battlefronts, with talented musicians forced to sing praises of Mugabe while footballers play in tournaments named after him. But the latest deployment of Chinese-made jamming has forced even the VOA to acknowledge routinely in its Zimbabwe broadcasts that the waves are jammed.
An announcer is now regularly heard to say: “This is Studio 7 for Zimbabwe broadcasting on 909 AM, but due to jamming your best reception would be on Shortwave…” Zanu (PF) made external broadcasts a major issue during the negotiations for a settlement in 2008, demanding that they be banned.
Recently, the controversially-appointed Broadcasting Authority announced it was ready to take applications, which would be a first step for the so-called pirates to come home. None of the big players have taken up the offer, citing continued insecurity in the country and the sheer economics of setting up independent broadcasting in a collapsing economy.
Surprisingly, Zanu (PF) officials are clamouring to be heard on the Voice of America Studio 7, which is virtually banned in Zimbabwe by Mugabe’s government. Recently, senior Zanu (PF) and pro-Mugabe officials Rugare Gumbo, Joram Gumbo, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu and Attorney General Johannes Tomana have freely given interviews to the ‘pirates’.
(Source: The Zimbawean)
Ethiopia has detained dozens of political activists as part of what opposition groups say is a crackdown aimed at preventing a North African or Middle Eastern style popular uprising. Bekele Gerba, deputy leader of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement, says recent Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts have been audible, except for loud noises that disrupt the signal when political issues are discussed.
“We have a lot of problems even to listen to the VOA,” he said. “The jamming. There are experts who are standing by and ready to jam the wave every time if there is any political issue. Immediately the jamming starts. It has become virtually impossible to listen to the VOA on the radio. It is only possible on the Arabsat satellite.”
VOA last year began broadcasts to Ethiopia by the Arabsat satellite after Prime Minister Meles authorized jamming its short wave radio signals. The VOAnews.com
website is also blocked to Ethiopian internet users. VOA is the only international radio service broadcasting in three main Ethiopian languages, Amharic, Afan Oromo and Tigrigna.
On Saturday 26 March, the BBC Russian live weekend programme, Pyatiy Etazh (Fifth Floor) broadcasts from the studio in Bush House, London, for the last time. Airing at 1830 UTC, the final programme signals the end of the BBC’s 65-year history of traditional radio broadcasting in Russian.
In a week of special programming in the run-up to this milestone date, BBC Russian is featuring special multimedia content, looking back at the radio journalism that has made the BBC a household name, from Vilnius to Vladivostok, and also looking at future shape of media.
Head of BBC Russian, Sarah Gibson, says: “This is a sad time for all of us at BBC Russian. We are also proud of the unique heritage our broadcasts have left behind – in the hearts and minds of millions of radio listeners. As we move on, we will continue to serve our audiences through online and mobile services. Our website bbcrussian.com
will continue to bring global stories to the Russian audience, and put Russian stories in a global context.”
The BBC started regular Russian-language broadcasts to the Soviet Union on 24 March 1946. Throughout the years, the BBC radio brought independent news and analysis to Russian-speaking audiences. In its special programming, BBC Russian looks again at the key stories it has covered – reporting the cold war and the perestroika, the attempted putsch of August 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the two Chechen wars and Beslan, the Russia-Georgia conflict and everything else that has mattered to its audiences in the region.
Highlights from the 65 years of broadcasting also include the BBC voices that have been well known to listeners, ground-breaking interactive interviews with Margaret Thatcher and Paul McCartney, both speaking to audiences in the Soviet Union, as well as unique archive material such as Joseph Brodsky’s first radio interview, hours after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987.
Key Russian media, political and business personalities share their views of the BBC’s work over the years – including the businessman and owner of The Independent, Alexander Lebedev, leading Russian journalists such as Yevgeniy Kiselyov, Dmitriy Muratov, Leonid Parfyonov, Vladimir Pozner and Mikhail Rykhlin, human-rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, writer Dmitriy Bykov, and President of the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow Sate University, Yasen Zassurskiy.
The BBC looks at what its broadcasts to the Soviet Union, and then to Russia and other post-Soviet states, meant for the people in those countries, and its influence. Putting its work in the wider context of foreign broadcasting, BBC Russian also looks at how the Western views of the importance of broadcasting to the USSR and post-Soviet states changed over the years, and what these changes mean for politics and the media in Russia. Another focus looks at how the media in Russia is changing, the role the internet is playing in the current media landscape, and the rapid changes in media consumption.
The BBC is closing three of its Russian-language radio programmes – Ranniy Chas (Dawn), Utro na Bi-bi-si (Morning with the BBC) and Vecher na Bi-bi-si (Evening with the BBC). However, BBC Russian will continue to produce BBSeva, Vam Slovo and Pyatiy Etazh which will be available for listening via the website bbcrussian.com as well as for FM partners outside Russia.
BBC World Service is also stopping its short- and medium-wave broadcasts to Russia in English.
(Source: BBC World Service Publicity)
Irish public broadcaster RTÉ Radio has launched its first Android Apps. On the new RTÉ PocketPlayer you can listen to all 4FM stations, RTÉ1, RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ RnaG. Also included are RTÉ digital stations 2XM, Pulse, Choice, Junior, Gold and Radio 1 Xtra. You can also check out their Twitter and Facebook pages from the app.
The RTÉ Documentary On One app features multi-award winning radio documentaries from Ireland. The ‘Documentary on One’ unit is currently the most successful radio documentary department in the world, and produces stories about real life.
From the Digital Spy Site
Howard Stern has claimed that he was left with no other choice but to sue his current employers SIRIUS XM Radio to recoup unpaid stock options.
Earlier this week, the DJ filed suit against his bosses for failing to pay him stock optionspromised in his original five-year deal with the organisation.
While addressing his decision to sue the satellite radio company on The Howard Stern Show, Stern charged that SIRIUS XM put him in an unenviable and painful position.
“It’s true that I am suing Sirius,” he said. “I have never, ever gotten on the air and discussed my financial situation… I’m an honest guy who believes in fairness. I believe that I’ve been dealt with unfairly.”
Stern has famously battled the FCC and media conglomerate Infinity Broadcasting Corporation over the course of his lengthy career, but he insists that his grievance with SIRIUS XM marks a new low.
The radio host explained: “It causes me great pain to sue the company I work for… Nevertheless, I had to do it. Suffice it to say, there’s a dispute and I believe I haven’t been given what is mine.
“There’s obviously a disagreement here and it will be settled in a court… I have encountered things that are disturbing before [in my career], but never like this. It’s a business argument and that’s that.”
In December 2010, Stern signed a new five-year contract with the satellite radio company and recently revealed that he plans to take on a less strenuous schedule in the coming months.