RTÉ began daily shortwave service to the Irish in Africa
St Patrick’s Day [17 March] saw the launch of a daily shortwave radio broadcast from RTÉ to the Irish in Africa. This link with home is in response to many requests from Irish people scattered throughout the continent, and working in fields such as aid, peace-keeping, construction projects, and missionary work. According to the Irish government there are many thousands of Irish working in Africa.
Although RTÉ has long been available on satellite and via the Internet, those in remote regions of Africa have asked for shortwave transmissions which will reach portable radio sets in areas that do not even have electricity supplies let alone easy access to satellites and the web. The main coverage area will be West, Central and East Africa.
From 17 March, every evening they will be able to hear a one hour selection of RTÉ radio programmes from the day at 1930-2030 UTC on 6220 kHz. The transmission will be provided by WRN, the London headquartered international radio and TV transmission company that has been transmitting RTÉ around the world since 1994.
(WRN via Media Network)