European Perspective - March 2004
Hallo from Florence,
Here's «European Perspectives» - by Luigi Cobisi at Italradio (read: Eeh-tahl-rah-dee-o) Newsdesk.
Some new free channels on European Medium Wave as Italian radio cuts their operations on the band. As from March 7th, RAI closed down its «Venice 3» MW transmitter, until then servicing on 1368 kHz RAI Radio 3 and a special programme ("L'Ora della Venezia Giulia", read: «Lorah dellah Venetia Dziou-leeah») to Italian communities on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. The closure was decided after measures by the local regional health authorities seemingly believed the station not respecting the legal limits of radio-emissions. Another frequency from the same site in Venice is continuing with Radio 1 on 936 kHz now relaying also "L'Ora della Venezia Giulia" at 1430 UTC, daily.
The so called «electro-smog» problem seems not to be the sole responsible of the closing down of MW transmitters in this country.
We lernt why some days later when RAI confirmed its realy from Montecarlo on 702 kHz was also closed.
RAI leased the transmitter in 2001 for their Radio 2 service, to substitute some national transmitters closed after the «electro-smog» row.
The Montecarlo transmitter was on the air at 0500-2300 serving a vast area from Rome to Barcelona along the Mediterranean Coast from Italy to France and Spain, also on daytime. From a phone call with Montecarlo Radiodiffusion, I learnt RAI had not renewed their contract with them and the transmitter is off since about early days in March. RAI declared they're re-organising MW area according to a new deal with the Governement for the formation of a single national medium wave channel.
Dxers protested, of course, but someone noticed it's now possible listening to Turkey and Slovakia on the frequency 702 kHz during the night and this was on the opposite a rather good news !
And now to our neighbors the Swiss.
Swiss Radio International will end its broadcast by the end of October 2004. After more than 70 years the Swiss overseas radio service comes to its last season, this summer. From March 28th to the end of October the last schedule will include broadcasts in Italian, French, German, English and Arabic to Africa and Middle East as well as South America. Full schedule reads as follows. Sorry for the too many numbers but it's really a historic schedule to be read.
The first block to Africa and the Middle East is aired at 0600-0800 UTC in French, German, Italian and English, each 30 mins., via Julich (Germany) on 13650, 15445 kHz and via Sottens (Switzerland) on 21770 kHz.
A second broadcast is at 0830-0930 UTC to Africa and the Middle East again. Languages are English, Italian, German and French, each 30 mins., via Sottens (Switzerland) on 21770 kHz.
In the European afternoon 1630-1830 UTC in Italian, Arabic, English and French, each 30 mins., via Julich (Germany) on 13750, 15515 kHz and via Sottens (Switzerland) on 17870 kHz.
Later to Africa again at 1830-2130 UTC in Italian, Arabic, English, German and French each 30 mins. exc English at 1930 lasting one hour, via Julich (Germany) on 11815, 13645 kHz, via Sottens (Switzerland) on 13795 kHz and via Montsinery (French Guiana) on 15220 kHz. Finally at 2200-2300 UTC in French, German, Italian and English via Sottens (Switzerland) on 9885 kHz and Montsinery (French Guiana) 11905 kHz to South America.
As from end October only the multilingual website www.swissinfo.org will be available from Switzerland and even the Sottens transmitter will be sold at the end of the operations. Swiss Radio International journalists and technicians have been partly assigned to web operations and partly to local radio stations.
And if you wish to be informed on what's going on the Italian international broadcasting scene please check our web site www.italradio.org. You can also find a «portale» (read: portah-laeh) that's to say a web portal with current news, in English too.
That's all from Florence, back to Quito with 73's in 2004.
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