BBC Extends Shortwave Radio News Coverage in Kashmir

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On Thursday BBC said that it would be extending its shortwave radio news coverage in Kashmir for easing the impact of communications blackout imposed by the government of India.

The announcement made by the British broadcaster came after New Delhi scrapped an article of the Indian constitution giving special status to the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

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

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The British broadcaster said that the number and length of programmes would grow in a variety of languages which are spoken in the densely populated region of the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Jamie Angus—BBC World Service Director said in a statement that given the shutdown of the digital services and phone lines in the region, it is right for them to try and surge the provision of news on their short-wave radio services.

It added that the provision of independent and trusted news in place of tension and conflict is one of the main objectives of the World Service.

The BBC said that its New Hindi radio output would be extended by 30 minutes from Friday.

News Urdu—which is the official language of Pakistan and is spoken by the Muslims who makes the majority in the occupied Kashmir—would be launching a 15-minutes daily programme on Monday.

The World Service further added that it’s English morning broadcasts would end an hour later than the usual time. The evening English-language news would start an hour before the end at the usual time.

The British broadcaster said that India is now its radio service’s biggest market and is increasing up by 50 million people per week.

The short-wave transmissions travel many miles (kilometres) and are able to come back over the mountains that dominate the region.

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