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[Swprograms] Re: Why is BBC World Service reducing its shortave provision
- Subject: [Swprograms] Re: Why is BBC World Service reducing its shortave provision
- From: Richard Cuff <rdcuff@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 19:49:29 -0500
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Somewhat frustratingly, it appears that Arabic TV is the budgetary
beneficiary from the reduction in shortwave utilization.
While the BBC could have a retainer agreement in place with VT Merlin
(or whatever they're called nowadays) to have backup SW capacity
available in case of international crisis, will people have retained
their shortwave radios? Will subsequent generations have a clue as to
how shortwave works? As I think Mr. Bowen said, when a crisis occurs
will people then have this backup technology available precisely at a
time it's needed? Would a government, in time of crisis, potentially
ban the purchase of new SW radios?
John commented earlier on the fact that the BBCWS appears to apply a
fair amount of "spin" to their audience research process. It's
entirely within their prerogative to do so, but it's entirely within
our prerogative to read between the lines and call out the missing
This is why I'd personally rather see stations maintain at least one
frequency up & running to a target area -- even DW. For example with
the BBC, take 5975 kHz. For most of eastern North America, that
frequency works reasonably well most evenings. Not all, for sure, but
most. Better to work reasonably well most nights than not at all on
Put differently, I agree that, at some point, you reach the point
where the SW audience doesn't justify the SW service. I just don't
think we're there yet, at least not in the USA.
Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA USA
On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 13:46:01 +0000, Mike Barraclough
> There has to be a point when the
> audience is too low to justify retaining a service particularly when the
> target audience has access to alternatives.
> If they can get local FM relays on fine, scale the shortwave back but I
> would argue retain the capability in case the host government decides to
> turn the FM relays off in times of crisis.
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