Radio Romania International’s shortwave service under threat

RRI’s Tiganesti-based shortwave transmitter centre (Photo source: Radio Romania International)

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Many thanks to a number of SWLing Post readers who have shared a link to this article on the AGERPRES website.

The article is in Romanian and many are interpreting it as stating that the shortwave services of Radio Romani International have already been cut.

I asked SWLing Post contributor, Tudor Vedeanu, for his interpretation. Tudor replied:

[I]t looks like Georgic? Severin, the President and Director General of Radio Romania, repeatedly announced his intention of ceasing shortwave transmissions, due to the recent budget cuts. I could’t find an official announcement about this, but the press release from MediaSind (the Romanian Journalists Trade Union) is worrisome enough.

Tudor will keep us informed as he learns more about this development.

RRI is one of my favorite broadcasters on shortwave. The Romanian service has amazing music programs and I also enjoy listening to their English and French news reports. If the budget cuts are severe, I suspect it may indeed mark the end of their shortwave service.

If you’d like to share your thoughts or express your concerns, consider dropping the English language service of RRI a note via this email address: [email protected]

Click here to read the AGEPRES article.

Tudor, thank you so much for your help and clarification!

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9 thoughts on “Radio Romania International’s shortwave service under threat

  1. Victor

    Broadcasters who leave the shortwave broadcast and surf the Internet simply cease to exist. No computer owner would ever have thought of looking for broadcasts on the Internet. Why, if the Internet provides 1000 times more effective ways to get information? Internet radio is just another unnecessary toy. In addition, even in a civilized world, away from cities, connecting to the Internet is not always an easy task. And in such places, shortwave broadcasting is simply irreplaceable.
    I believe that the time has come in the life of “money owners” when they have ceased to consider broadcasting a significant means of influencing the population. The fate of broadcasting is not at all interesting to them, and, having deprived broadcasting of their usual distribution environment and an established audience, they simply hammer a nail into his coffin.

  2. Mark

    I really enjoy Radio Romania’s programming and the opportunity they afford for trying out DRM using their strong ‘local’ signal, but it’s hard to imagine how people managing tight government budgets and priorities could see a line item such as shortwave broadcasting as essential.

    I wonder how China with its resources justifies sending English programming into Europe either, how many people are they reaching that they couldn’t already get with the Internet? I could understand a ‘soft power’ argument for transmissions into Africa and other areas more dependent on radio, but not Europe.

    I just hope that they don’t just tear everything down just in case they need it again.

    1. Victor

      It seems to me completely logical. Well, who, of their own free will, will search the Internet for Chinese radio broadcasts? And if it sounds powerful in shortwave, any owner of a shortwave radio will inevitably stop and listen. In addition, the Chinese produce short-wave receivers, which are bought all over the world. This they cover part of the cost of broadcasting. And what are these costs for such a powerful and efficient economy, what is the economy of China?


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