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[HCDX] BBC's Indian Ocean relay station marks 20th anniversary
BBC's Indian Ocean relay station marks 20th anniversary
02.10.2008 - The BBC's Indian Ocean relay station is commemorating 20 years
of transmissions from Grand Anse, Mahé, in the Seychelles.Launched in
October 1988, and currently run on behalf of BBC World Service by VT
Communications, the station is transmitting BBC World Service programmes on
shortwave to an estimated audience of up to nine million listeners across
East Africa.The BBC Indian Ocean relay station in the Seychelles broadcasts
BBC World Service in a range of languages including the BBC's
English-language output for Africa as well as programmes in Swahili,
Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Somali and French.It brings the BBC's radio output to
audiences in countries such as Burundi, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Nigel Fry,
Head, Transmission and Distribution, BBC World Service, says: " The BBC
Indian Ocean relay station constitutes the backbone of the BBC's shortwave
broadcasts to East Africa."In many areas of the countries it covers, the
shortwave broadcasts relayed by the station are the only way in which
audiences can get BBC news and information."To commemorate the anniversary,
VT Communications will be holding a series of events in the Seychelles.These
include an Open Day exhibition on Monday 6 October, which will highlight the
history, operations and the safety aspects of the station.
BBC in the Seychelles: noteworthy dates
1985 - BBC World Service signs an agreement with the Seychelles Government
allowing it to broadcast from the Seychelles.
1986 - Building work begins on the station. A plaque was unveiled on 9 June
1986 by the BBC's Austen Kark (MD, External Broadcasting) and Bryce
McCrirrick (Director of Engineering) to mark the commencement of building
1988 - Test transmissions began in September 1988. Opening ceremony of the
station on 7 October 1988 was attended by John Tusa, MD, BBC World Service
and Bill Dennay, Director of Engineering, BBC World Service.
1995 - BBC World Service starts FM transmissions in Seychelles on 106.2 MHz
in Victoria (eastern part of the island).
1997 - BBC World Service contracts out the operation of its transmissions
sites. Merlin Communications is formed.
1998 - Initiation of localisation process. Cable and Wireless Engineering
Operations contract comes to an end in 1999.
2000 - Merlin Communications is bought by VT group. Renamed VT Merlin
Communications, later VT Communications.
2004 - BBC World Service starts transmissions on 105.2 MHz in Anse Soleil
(western part of the island), in June, and on 105.6 MHz in Pointe aux Sel
(southern part of the island), in July. Localisation process started in 1998
comes to successful conclusion, with the appointment of the first
Seychellois manager, completing the objective of 100% local staff.
(BBC World Service Publicity)
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