BBC expands shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir

Published August 15, 2019
The British broadcaster's announcement came after New Delhi scrapped an article of the Indian constitution granting special status to Indian-occupied Kashmir. — AFP/File
The British broadcaster's announcement came after New Delhi scrapped an article of the Indian constitution granting special status to Indian-occupied Kashmir. — AFP/File

The BBC said on Thursday it will expand shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir to ease the impact of a communications blackout imposed by the Indian government.

The British broadcaster's announcement came after New Delhi scrapped an article of the Indian constitution granting special status to Indian-occupied Kashmir.

In pictures: What's happening in occupied Kashmir?

Occupied Kashmir has been under lockdown since the day before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the change on August 5.

The BBC said the number and length of programmes will grow in a variety of languages spoken in the densely populated region of the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

“Given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services,” BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus said in a statement.

“The provision of independent and trusted news in places of conflict and tension is one of the core purposes of the World Service.”

The BBC said its News Hindi radio output will be extended by 30 minutes from Friday.

News Urdu — the official language of Pakistan spoken by Muslims who comprise the majority in occupied Kashmir — will launch a 15-minute daily programme on Monday.

The World Service added that its English morning broadcasts will end an hour later than usual. The evening English-language news will start an hour earlier and end at their usual time.

The BBC said India is now its radio service's largest market — picked up by 50 million people a week.

Short wave transmissions travel thousands of miles (kilometres) and are able to bounce over mountains that dominate the region.

Opinion

Editorial

Bad measures
25 Jul, 2024

Bad measures

THE ongoing tussle between the current regime and PTI will only end up causing lasting harm to Pakistan. This much...
Hamas-Fatah deal
25 Jul, 2024

Hamas-Fatah deal

THE Beijing Declaration signed in the Chinese capital on Tuesday reiterates the need for internal Palestinian unity...
Rating risks
25 Jul, 2024

Rating risks

FINANCE Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb’s recent discussions with the executives of the two top global credit rating...
Reforming militants
24 Jul, 2024

Reforming militants

Such initiatives have been tried before, in Swat for instance, at centres run by the military as well as NGOs.
IPP debate
24 Jul, 2024

IPP debate

A FIERCE debate blaming the exorbitant electricity prices on expensive power purchase agreements with IPPs has been...
Political vendettas
24 Jul, 2024

Political vendettas

IT seems that the PML-N and PPP need to be reminded again that they are doing themselves a considerable disservice ...