Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WorldSpace Radio re-launched on Airtel digital TV

New Delhi, Oct. 29: Bharti Airtel on Monday said the satellite radio
network WorldSpace Radio will be available on its Direct-to-Home service
Airtel Digital TV. The service has been launched on the DTH platform in
association with Saregama and Timbre Media who will jointly provide the
content for the application. The satellite radio station had exited India
in 2009.

Shashi Arora, CEO-DTH and Media, Bharti Airtel, said: "The launch of
Worldspace Radio on Airtel is an industry first and we are happy to
re-launch the evolved iMusicSpace application today on Airtel Digital TV.
This service is yet another step by Airtel towards making TV a wholesome
entertainment package for customers and we look forward to our partnership
with Timbre Media for the WorldSpace Radio service."

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Shri Manish Tewari takes charge as Minister of Information & Broadcasting

Shri Manish Tewari took charge of his new assignment as Minister of
Information & Broadcasting here today. Speaking to media persons, after
assuming charge, Shri Tewari said that he would take forward the
comprehensive policies of the UPA Government taken recently in the Films,
Information and Broadcasting Sectors. The Minister reiterated that all
efforts would be taken to highlight the policies and programmes of the
Central Government. Regarding the key priority areas, the Minister said
that he would like to express his views only after he had a comprehensive

Regarding the Digitization process, the Minister said that the Ministry had
put in place a roadmap for achieving the target of switching over from
analogue to digital. The Ministry had taken painstaking efforts to involve
the key stakeholders associated with the digitization initiative. The
Minister further mentioned that he was confident that the targets would be
met by the deadline stipulated.

Later, the Minister was briefed on the key initiatives, mandate and policy
framework of the Ministry by Secretary (I&B) and other Senior Officials.


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
29-October-2012 15:8 IST

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Sri Lankan FM radios changed their frequencies

Tune your radios from Nov 1

All the 45 FM broadcasting channels, operating in the country will be shifting their FM radio frequencies with effect from November 1, after Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) re-allocated radio frequencies in an effort to minimise the technical problems hindering the listeners from obtaining a clear sound reception.

The TRCSL is vested with full powers to determine and allocate the use of FM frequencies among radio broadcasters within Sri Lanka. At present there are about 45 FM broadcasting channels which operate within the 87.5 - 108 MHz frequency range.

"The TRCSL prepared a new transparent plan to re-allocate the frequencies among the FM channels taking into account the frequencies used by them at present. This was done on the basis of a national policy to reform the existing system, with the objective of minimising the practical problems currently confronting both the radio broadcasters and the listeners," TRCSL Director General Anusha Pelpita said in a statement.

The statement said under the new plan, the frequencies have been allocated in such a manner to ensure that all FM radio channels could be accessed with ease and sound broadcast from these radio channels is clearly received and heard by the listeners without loss of quality in any part of the island, including remote areas.

"The existing frequency separation of 100 khz between two channels has now been increased to 300KHz. This new arrangement will enable the radio listeners to get a clearer reception in any part of the country from any single frequency," the statement said.

AIR Chennai running on Generators now

Information from AIR Chennai is that their Home Service channels
720, 783, 1017 & 4920 are now running on Diesel Generators due to interruption of normal power supply cut due to cyclone Nilam which is hitting the area now.

The 100 kW SW tx on 7270 used for External Service to Sri Lanka is off air as no generator is available for it.

According to reports from Amateur Radio friends in Chennai, normal power supply has been interrupted in Chennai city due to cyclone.


The AIR Burmese Service noted on 15045 via Delhi at 1215 to 1315 for many weeks now has changed to their normal channel of 15040 from today.

Yours sincerely,

Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
National Institute of Amateur Radio 
Hyderabad, India Mobile: +91 94416 96043      (Via dx_india YG]