Friday, March 4, 2022

BBC Brings Back Shortwave for Ukraine

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is reviving its European shortwave service in order to provide news and information to listeners in Ukraine who may be cut off from internet service but have access to portable shortwave receivers. 

According to the New York Times, the BBC decided to reinstate its shortwave broadcasts to Europe following Russia's attack on Kyiv's main radio and TV transmission tower. "In a conflict where disinformation and propaganda is rife," BBC Director-General Tim Davie said in a statement, "there is a clear need for factual and independent news people can trust." The BBC had ended its European shortwave service in 2008.

The Huffington Post reports that the BBC will broadcast World Service News in English for four hours each day on 5875 and 15735 kHz, frequencies that can be received easily in both Ukraine and Russia. The BBC reports that Russia has limited internet access to several international broadcasters, including the BBC, Radio Liberty and Deutsche Welle.