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Radio News in January 2011

BBC World Service closing five language services

BBCThe BBC World Service is cutting five language services and shedding over a quarter of its workforce. The Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian services will be axed, as will English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa, in a bid to save £46m a year. About 650 jobs will be lost from a workforce of about 2,400. Further seven languages will face a reduction of programs with radio broadcasts phased out in favor of the Internet. Radio broadcasts in Azeri, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian will come to an end, while distribution continues online, and in some cases for mobile and television audiences.
     Overall, broadcasts on shortwave and mediumwave will gradually be reduced all around the world. BBC's service in Europe on 648 kHz AM will be closed in March 2011. Also in March, shortwave programming will end in Hindi, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Swahili and the Great Lakes service (for Rwanda and Burundi). Most remaining shortwave services will end in March 2014 aside from English and a small number of services considered most valuable, such as Burmese and Somali.
     BBC World Service is currently an international multimedia broadcaster delivering 32 language and regional services. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has described the cuts as "drastic" and said they would "severely damage the national interest of the UK". Cuts have been announced in a bid to focus on more essential services. In 2014 financing the World Service will become the responsibility of the BBC, while it has traditionally been paid for by the UK Foreign Office (Foreign Ministry).
(DXing.info, January 30, 2011)


New Mexican X-band station launched on 1670 AM

XEANAH logoXEANAH "Radio Anáhuac" from Huixquilucan, México, has begun broadcasting on 1670 kHz. XEANAH is run by media students at the Anáhuac University near the Mexican capital. The 1-kilowatt AM station was officially launched on January 20, but test tranmissions were heard by DXers a few days earlier. Mexican DXer Héctor García Bojorge was the first to report hearing XEANAH on January 17. Previously XEANAH had been webcasting since 2004. Programming runs 24/7 and is mainly aimed at the University community. The station can be reached by email or by writing to Av. Universidad Anáhuac #46, Col. Lomas Anáhuac, Huixquilucan, Edo. de México, México.
(DXing.info, January 30, 2011)



New stations in Buenos Aires on 690, 1530, and 1590 AM

K24 logo"K24 en Radio" is broadcasting from Buenos Aires on 690 kHz AM. K24 is offering its broadcast time for independent producers of all types of programming from football to musicals. Currently much of the nighttime broadcasts consists of Christian programs while tango is being played during the day, and a multitude of different programming in the evenings. The station can be reached by email. According to its website the phone number is (011) 3530-9382, but also 4642-5533 and 4642-5315 have been announced on the air.
     Radio La Roca is a new unlicensed Evangelical station broadcasting on 1530 kHz. It is located in the greater Buenos Aires region, but its exact location and contact information remain unknown.
     Radio Voz is yet another new station from the same region, broadcasting on 1590 kHz. Radio Voz may be a reincarnation of Radio Cristiana Adonai, which used to be broadcasting on the same frequency, and was located in Partido Lomas de Zamora. Information about the stations was first published by Marcelo A. Cornachioni on Condig mailing list.
(DXing.info, January 12, 2011)



New shortwave station from Australia on 3210 kHz

A new low-power station has begun broadcasting in Sydney, Australia on 3210 kHz shortwave. The name of the station is not known, however, it is running American-made brokered programming. Verifications may be obtained by writing to John Wright, 29 Milford Rd, Peakhurst 2210, NSW, Australia, or by email. Wright requests that either 2 IRC's or 2 USD's should be included for a snail mail QSL. According to Wright, the station uses a transmitter bought from HCJB in Ecuador, and is currently running at a power of only 50-70 watts from Schofields, western Sydney. At the time when Wright himself heard the station, it was running a 2-hour loop of religious programming. The station has already been heard around the world in Scandinavia.

(DXing.info, January 12, 2011)

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