Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence - Sixth Report


APPENDIX 39

Supplementary Memorandum submitted by the BBC World Service
Breakdown of languages broadcast & number of hours (daily)
Frequencies
Armenia
Russian: 1hr and 45 min
FM in Yerevan;
SW: 7320, 9825, 11845
Azerbaijan
Azeri: 2hr
Russian: 30 min
English: 30 min
FM in Baku and MW national network
SW: 5875, 12005, 15235 (Azeri only)
SW: 7320, 9825, 11845 (Russian only)
Georgia
Russian: 3 hr and 15 min
English: 30 min
FM in Tbilisi;
SW: 7320, 9825, 11845 (Russian only)
Kazakhstan
Kazakh: 30 min (5 days in a week)
Russian: 30 min
SW: 7320, 9825, 11845 (Russian only)
SW: 15245, 17740 (Kazakh only)
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz: 30 min (5 days a week)
Russian: 30 min
FM in Bishkek and MW national network
SW: 7320, 9825, 11845 (Russian only)
Tajikistan
Persian: 45 min
Russian: 30 min
Uzbek: 1 hr
Persian: MW 1251 / SW: 9875, 11740, 15380, 15585, 17870, 6095, 6195, 11835, 17780, 7210, 11970
Russian: SW : 7320, 9825, 11845
Uzbek: MW 1251 / SW: 11685, 15405, 17615, 9750, 12045, 15310
Turkmenistan
Russian: 30 min
SW: 7320, 9825, 11845
Uzbekistan
Uzbek: 1hr
Russian: 1hr.
MW 1251/ SW: 11685, 15405, 17615, 9750, 12045, 15310
Russian: SW : 7320, 9825, 11845

NB: In this table "Russian" refers to programmes in Russian produced specially for Central Asia and the Caucasus. In addition, general Russian programmes are available for about eight hours a day on SW.

  English refers to English programmes rebroadcast on the local frequencies. In addition, World Service English programmes are available in the region for about 20 hours a day on SW.

  Persian refers to programmes in Persian produced specially for the region. In addition, general Persian programmes are available for about 4 hours a day on SW.

CONTACT WITH AMBASSADORS/EMBASSIES

  Uzbekistan: The World Service has had excellent contacts with the Embassy in Tashkent. Both ambassadors there have provided the World Service and BBC Newsgathering with a great deal of help, both when our operation was first set up and later by giving support to our two local bureaux (BBC Monitoring and BBC Central Asia and the Caucasus/BBC Newsgathering), to the correspondents who worked there as BBC sponsored stringers, to the local assistants and Uzbek language stringers. The Embassy gave genuine reassurance to people who had worked faithfully for us—and against whom the re¡gime could turn at any moment (there was one very dramatic moment last December when a local stringer asked a difficult question of President Karimov at a press conference—that kind of boldness often has its less than pleasant reward in Uzbekistan). The Ambassador lobbied unstintingly on our behalf when we were deprived of our local Medium Wave transmitter hires and continued to do so until her very last call on the Foreign Minister.

  We have also had good contacts with the Embassy in Baku (Azerbaijan) where our position is relatively secure and in Tbilisi (Georgia) we were enthusiastically supported by the Ambassador a few years ago. In Almaty (Kazakhstan), Erevan (Armenia) and Ashkhabad (Turkmenistan) we have had few contacts with the Embassy.

June 1999


 
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