Monthly Archives: June 2016

Michelle Guthrie begins managing direction at the ABC

The ABC’s new managing director has taken the reins with a focus on substance and a return to international broadcasting.

Interesting piece from The Saturday Paper detailing the new MD of ABC, Michelle Guthrie. Amongst other things, she seems to be very keen to roll-back the cuts to international broadcasting that has occurred over the last 5 years.

To read the full article see: The Saturday Paper

Recent Logs and Japanese abductees.

It’s always nice to have some time off from the day job, and at the moment, due to my partners work schedule, having a holiday away from home is not possible. So I make the most of these times, along with catching up with garden/house chores, of getting some listening in. It means I get to listen to stations that I would not normally hear during my usual listening times in the evenings. Today was a case in point. Doing as I usually do when starting a listening session, I started at the higher bands, 19m, and worked my way down. Conditions just lately haven’t been exactly hot, so a number of stations on 19m which are usually a good signal have been quite noisy. So I slowly worked my way down to 31m. Now, conditions have to be very poor for 31m not to give something and today was no different. On 9560, I picked up Furusato no Kaze, a Japanese government station from Taiwan. I also logged Nippon no Kaze on 9975 after 15:00 UTC. The first transmission, from Taiwan, was in Japanese, the second, from Palau, in Korean. I have found out that both these stations are set up to transmit information for Japanese nationals who have been abducted by N Korea. I can’t quite work out from the website: http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/index.html, which particular nationals have been abducted, whether Japanese government agents or ordinary people. And of course, the transmissions would presuppose that the abductee’s have access to a radio. This, of course, will be extremely difficult in N Korea. But it certainly put an interesting twist on this afternoons listening.

The following logs also include some logs from yesterday (13/06/2016) including R Japans Burmese output from Singapore.

11740 Khz Singapore R Japan 14:43 UTC Burmese. Music and chat SINPO: 22222 2016-06-13

9310 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio 16:49 UTC Pashto. ID at 16:50. OM & YL announcers with schedules SINPO: 33333 2016-06-13

9390 Khz Thailand RFE 16:51 UTC Uzbeck. Discussion about Manhattan and New York SINPO: 43333 2016-06-13

9410 Khz Oman BBCWS 16:54 UTC English. Discussion about the Florida bombings. SINPO: 43333 2016-06-13

12075 Khz UNID UNID 13:35 UTC Mention of Bangladesh a number of times. Went to dead air at 14:00 with no ID SINPO: 32233 2016-06-14

15245 Khz North Korea V O Korea 14:01 UTC English. Music plus usual propaganda SINPO: 33333 2016-06-14

9345 Khz Phillipines FEBC 14:48 UTC Mandarin. OM with chat and music. SINPO: 33333 2016-06-14

9560 Khz Taiwan Furusato no Kaze 14:54 UTC Japanese. YL announcer. SINPO: 32233 2016-06-14

9975 Khz Palau Nippon no Kaze 15:09 UTC Korean. YL announcer SINPO: 22222 2016-06-14

VOA Georgian Marks 65 Years on the Air

From Radioactivity:

WASHINGTON D.C., May 27, 2016 — The Georgian Service of the Voice of America celebrated its 65th anniversary on Thursday.
At a ceremony at VOA headquarters in Washington, Georgia’s ambassador to the United States, Archil Gegeshidze, said his country’s independence from the Soviet Union “was largely due to the positive influence of programs from broadcasters like the Voice of America.”
VOA Georgian first aired on May 26, 1951. “During the Cold War, you played a critical role in helping Georgians understand the world beyond the Iron Curtain,” added U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. In a video message from the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Kelly said that “since Georgia’s independence, VOA Georgian has helped build the foundation for a strong U.S.-Georgia relationship that we continue to enjoy today.”
Other U.S. and Georgian diplomats as well as human rights experts, representatives of the Georgian-American community and past members of the Georgian Service joined VOA Director Amanda Bennett in honoring the service.
“VOA Georgian was an alternative voice speaking to and for Georgians during the Cold War, and it remains so today,” said Bennett. “VOA is needed today more than ever. VOA is one of the few media outlets in the region that provide accurate and credible news and information as well as objective, free and fresh voices and perspectives.”
VOA Georgian reaches 7.7 percent of adults in Georgia each week. In addition to radio programming distributed nationwide on FM via Georgia’s Public Broadcasting Corporation, the service produces a weekly television magazine program, Washington Today, that is carried on Georgian Public TV. The show focuses on developments in the United States, American perspectives on major developments in the region, the Georgian diaspora, social issues, medicine, science, technology and culture.
“VOA Georgian audiences can always expect us to provide exclusive, reliable news and information,” said VOA Georgian Chief Anna Kalandadze, adding that she is “honored to work with the service’s dedicated journalists who continue to positively influence Georgia’s traditional and new media environments.”
The service also maintains a dynamic website, providing video reports on its YouTube channel and engaging the audiences through Facebook and other social media.
VOA reaches a global weekly audience of more than 187 million people in over 40 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video and more than 2,350 media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
(VOA Press Release)