Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Fahey, who notes that All India Radio has suspended a number of their broadcast services during the Covid-19 lock-down.
Mark shares the following Office Memorandum from India’s Public Service Broadcaster.
In terms of shortwave (ESD) services, here’s the relevant section from the Memorandum:
B) NON-ESSENTIAL RADIO SERVICES
The following non-essential radio services may be suspended with immediate effect during the lock-down
5) All ESD services
6) All transmitters dedicated to ESD
7) Pure DRM mode operations
a. DRM transmitters may be operated on analogue / simulcast mode to relay the National News Service subject to local circumstances and conditions
8) Stations with a 3rd FM channel may relay audio of DD News or DD India subject to feasibility
On the WRTH Facebook group, Sanjay Sutradhar, did note one shortwave broadcast still in service:
It appears 9380 kHz from Aligarh is radiating AIR Vividh Bharti services, may be on a truncated wattage. 8am & 8.30pm news is extended to one hour dedicated to Covid-19 news in-country and world-wide and developments but it is the common broadcast carried out in-country on all bands, at 1.45 UTC
Mark Fahey asks:
“I wonder if they will ever bring AIR’s External Service back–?”
That’s the big question, isn’t it? The government lock-down is set for 21 days, but I fully expect it could take much longer if other Covid-19 countries are any indication.
If AIR’s shortwave service is closed for an extended period of time–recognizing they deem it “non-essential”–I wouldn’t be surprised if they made deep cuts or keep it closed. Let’s hope for the best outcome, though.
Stay tuned! We’ll keep you updated.
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