Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bhutan radio goes online

Source: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Unit (ABU)
Friday 22 Feb 2008: The Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the country's national broadcaster, has launched an online radio service.
BBS Radio introduced the Internet service yesterday to mark the 28th birthday of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

The online service is available for 15 hours a day, from 1200 to 0300 GMT. It can be accessed via the BBS website:

Launched in 1973, BBS Radio broadcasts on FM in the national language, Dzongkha, as well as Sharchop, Lhotsham and English. Its shortwave service can be heard as far afield as Europe and New Zealand.

BBS also runs a television service, introduced in 1999, which broadcasts for four hours daily in Dzongkha and English in the capital, Thimphu. It reaches other urban areas through cable services. BBS has been a member of the ABU's daily news exchange, Asiavision, since January 2006.

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