BBC World Service has confirmed that its programmes will be available on Vivek 90.4 FM, the first community radio station in Chandigarh, India. Listeners of Vivek 90.4 FM will now have opportunities to learn English, get health tips from across the world and learn about world opinions on technological advances, environment, music, art and culture – all on their local FM radio.
Vivek 90.4 FM is a community radio initiative at Vivek High School, Chandigarh, and has been on air since March 2007. The radio station has been involved in spreading community awareness and information in the field of health, education, literacy and nutrition. With the BBC’s enlightening programmes, Vivek 90.4 FM will further enrich its current programming to provide its local audiences with international content.
Discovery, a weekly science programme, guides the listeners through the most important and innovative scientific and technological discoveries in the 21st century.
Culture Shock, a new programme, looks across the world at trends in cultural expression. Top of the Pops offers weekly UK music chart rundowns with exclusive backstage interviews and live studio performances.
The Ticket takes the listeners on a global journey through the world of arts, culture and entertainment.One Planet is a science and environment weekly programme that gets to grips with providing investigation and analysis of major themes and issues in the world of development and environment.
Health Fact Files provides the essential information about different aspects of your health. Charlie Gillett’s World of Music uses his unique knowledge to present the best contemporary and classic tracks from across the globe. Science in Action looks at science stories in and behind the news from around the world.
Vineeta Dwivedi, Business Development Manager, BBC World Service, says, “It has always been our endeavour to offer intriguing and informative programming to radio audiences in India. We hope that thanks to our cooperation with Vivek 90.4 FM as well as other FM stations, consumers across India can enjoy the fantastic content from the BBC.”
Daman Dugal, Principal of Vivek High School, adds, “We are indeed delighted that Vivek 90.4 FM serves the community in Chandigarh by giving them access to the world’s best radio network, the BBC, and we hope that the quality and the range of programmes broadcast will give the listeners a whole new radio experience.”
BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster delivering programmes and services in 32 languages. It uses multiple platforms to reach 182 million listeners globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. It has around 2,000 partner radio stations which take BBC content, and numerous partnerships supplying content to mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate.
The number of weekly unique users of the BBC World Service websites combined with the international news site in English averaged 13.2 million in March 2008.