Radio Romania International shuts down two transmitters after budget cuts

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

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Walker, who shares the following news from RRI:

Two transmitters discontinued

Two out of the five transmitters broadcasting RRI’s programmes are temporarily suspended as of 1 August

Dear friends, the Radio Romania Board of Administrators decided to temporarily suspend the use of 2 out of the 5 Radiocom shortwave transmitters that ensure the broadcast of Radio Romania International programmes, because of budget cuts. As of August 1, our programmes are aired via one transmitter in ?ig?ne?ti, one in S?ftica (both of them near Bucharest) and one in Galbeni (east). As soon as the budget of the institution is restored, we will resume broadcasts on all 5 transmitters.

The RRI programmes in Romanian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew are affected. All of them may be received on only one frequency instead of 2, as of August 1, 2023. The frequencies as well as any other prospective changes operated by Radiocom further to reception monitoring and to your feedback on reception quality will be announced in our broadcasts, on our web page and on Facebook.

Budget restrictions also prompted a reduction of the night time power of medium wave transmitters that broadcast Radio Romania News and Current Affairs programmes and of some regional stations.

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4 thoughts on “Radio Romania International shuts down two transmitters after budget cuts

  1. Buzz Aldrin

    Whilst it is quite impressive that funding for RRI exists in order to broadcast internationally on on the Radio, it is understandable that budget cuts had to happen in this time of economic strain. Will hope they at least continue to receive funding to remain on the air.

  2. Rob

    I have a bad feeling the “temporarily” really means indefinitely, if not permanently. It would be sad if they left the air entirely, but on the other hand perhaps it would save some carbon emissions or radioactive waste.

  3. TomL

    11620 kHz seems to be affected, not heard last night. The usual 31 meter band frequencies were the ones I heard (English).

  4. Julio Cesar Pereira

    RRI is one of he remaining great international broadcasters. They always reply reports with beautiful QSL cards and their folk music is great.


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