Monthly Archives: September 2014

Voice of Russia to return to the airwaves

From 1st October, Radio Russia will return to Shortwave. It appears that the situation in the Ukraine has changed their minds on international broadcasting.

See the full post at the Shortwave Central site: Radio Russia Returns


Amateur Radio questions and answers

This is from LondonShortwave via SWLingPost  ! regarding an Amateur Radio group on StackExchange. I know StackExchange as a venue for asking questions regarding computer programming and have used it extensively over the years. There are a lot of very clued up people out there who are ever willing to share their knowledge. Mind you, they don’t take prisoners if you have what is regarded as an ill-formed or described request!  So it will be well worth a look if you have any queries regarding Amateur Radio, and I assume other aspects of radio such as SWLing etc. Worth checking out at: Ham StackExchange

QSL Information from RFA

Dear friends,

We are changing the way we send QSL card information by email for our friends and listeners; we believe this will improve our handling of QSL information and reception reports.  This week we will distribute the press release for our new QSL card design which will be used for all confirmed reception reports from Sep 1 – Dec 31.

There may be some bumps as we start the new method but we hope you will be patient with us.

As always, please let us know if you want to be removed from our email list.

Thank you for continued interest in RFA, our programming, and especially for your interest in our QSL cards.



Andrew "A.J." Janitschek
Program & Operations Support
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW
Washington DC 20036
United States of America
+1 202 530 4999

BBC World Service Director to leave BBC

Peter Horrocks to leave BBC

It has been a privilege to be Director of the BBC World Service, which is loved and trusted by hundreds of millions of people around the world.Peter Horrocks

Peter Horrocks, Director of the BBC World Service Group, today announced that he will be leaving the BBC in the new year.

Peter Horrocks has been Director of the World Service since 2009 and has worked at the BBC for 33 years.

Under Peter’s leadership weekly audiences for the BBC’s global news services – BBC World Service, BBC World News and – have reached a record 265m.

Peter has led the World Service through some of its most challenging times, responding to funding cuts by modernising the World Service for the digital age.

He successfully oversaw one of the biggest changes in the history of the World Service as it moved from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) funding into the licence fee, leaving its historic headquarters of Bush House for the BBC’s New Broadcasting House.

BBC World News has undergone a creative renewal that is being appreciated by audiences around the world and now regularly achieves one billion page views a month. BBC News is the most retweeted news source in the world.

Peter Horrocks said: “It has been a privilege to be Director of the BBC World Service, which is loved and trusted by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

“I am hugely proud of the dedication, the creativity and the reinvention shown by my team. The World Service now has its largest ever audience, an expanding number of languages, and is modernised and transformed for a digital age.

“Having overseen this recovery and taken the World Service into the new era of licence fee funding, it is time for me to move on to my next challenge. I will miss the BBC but am confident that the BBC’s global news services are in strong shape for the future.”

Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall, said: “Peter’s remarkable career at the BBC has spanned more than three decades. Starting as a News trainee, he established himself as the youthful editor of Public Eye before going on to lead teams that produced some of the BBC’s most important news programmes, including Newsnight and Panorama. He also edited general election programmes before running several News departments, latterly the World Service Group.

“Those who have worked with him know of his energy, drive, his passion for journalism and his innovation but they have also come to appreciate his editorial integrity and his deeply rooted sense of BBC values. He leaves us as one of our most respected leaders. He is a force of nature and we will miss him.”

Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, James Harding, said: “Peter Horrocks has been a defining figure in the modern history of the BBC World Service and global news. He has demanded the highest standards of its journalism, he has driven innovation in the ways we tell stories and deliver the news, he has opened the BBC to new voices and fresh ideas and he has presided over the extraordinary growth of the BBC’s worldwide audience.

“His sharp intellect, open-mindedness and good judgment have shaped BBC News and Current Affairs for three decades. He has recruited and inspired hundreds of people here in the UK and around the world. And, like few others, he has set his stamp on both the programmes and the personality of the BBC.

“Since I joined the BBC last year, Peter has been a constant source of good advice, organisational wisdom and personal support. Of course, I respect Peter’s decision to move on, but, both personally and as an organisation, we will miss him.”