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The End of the BBC World Service

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AB2T, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. AB2T

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    BBC World Service shortwave broadcasts will soon come to a close.

    I became involved in radio through listening to the BBC World Service as a child. My first "rig" was a cheap shortwave set that received only a few stations. One of them was "the Beeb". I have faithfully listened to the Beeb every day of my life since then. I followed them around the dial as they cancelled service to various parts of the world. Even until this year I listened to the BBC on the St. Helena West African service, 15550 kHz.

    I am beyond saddened. I suppose, then, that this is the beginning of the end for the AM HF broadcasters. I wish Bush House would reconsider. From what I understand, the Beeb is victim to Paul Cameron's austerity budget.

    Many of us will never forget the crisp "This is London" followed by the unforgettable ID. It was a great run.

    73, Jordan
  2. W0UFC

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    Jordan--I hadn't heard this, but it's hardly surprising. The days of HF broadcasting are numbered. I, too, have fond childhood memories of listening to "the Beeb" and "this is London", along with many other great broadcasters of that era.

    73, Tom
  3. KB9BVN

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    The BBC is in a lot of great memories, but they stopped being a news reporting agency years ago. Now they can't be trusted to report the truth. 6 years ago they did a story about the increasing heroin use in Italy...except they couldn't find any heroin junkies to they hired some actors for the role...basically making it up as they went along. Kind of like our US news media outlets do.
  4. NY3V

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    I also used to listen to their broadcasts along with Radio Moscow and Radio Australia, over 40 years ago .

    Keep a stiff upper lip! :D
  5. K4WGE

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    I believe I listened to a Radio Moscow broadcast about 30 years ago that originated in Canada. Could that be?
  6. 2E0OZI

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    This is just one of the things that the LibCON Govt is cutting back drastically. They are also going to sell off the national forests, have already scrapped the Harrier and the Nimrod MRA4 (after having spent a huge sum of money developing it into a superb maritime reconaissance aircraft), and many other cuts. I live near and work in Plymouth, and the cuts to the Navy will be devastating down here,

    But back to the World Service - I believe they will still be broadcasting on some bands in some languages, but the days when they were a WORLD service are probably numbered. Quite often when I explain how I came to ham radio (through SWL) people at work are surprised shortwave still goes on. But there are plenty of people in the world with no internet or satellite radio access and a shortwave radio costs a lot less than a computer. Maybe the days of it ARE numbered, but I hope not. Its a part of me for the last 3 years. The BBC, RNW, DW, WWCR! RFPI. Certainly China does not think AM shortwave is obsolete, they are pumping money into it!
  7. AA9F

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    Its possible. Lotta relays being used. And Canada is used a lot. They relayed Sweden until last fall when Sweden went QRT. Voice of Russia used Vatican Radio for its North American English services a couple of years ago. It's a different world.

  8. W0BTU

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    Lots of other foreign broadcasters, who used to regularly beam English programming to the US, have long ago stopped. I kind of miss that. As a boy, I used to listen for the CBC science show, but it disappeared long ago.
  9. KD4E

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    I too count them among the stations I listened to as a child, and I also stopped listening to them when they drifted into liberal propaganda, what a shame that was.
    My favorite was Radio Prague, before the Soviets (the since-disbanded Russian imperial empire) over-ran them and the radio personalities I knew "disappeared". It was a lesson about tyrannical governments, who always crush free speech, that I have never forgotten.
    The new generation of shortwave listeners can always tune into peace and love on Al-Jazeera ... sigh.
  10. VO1XH

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    BBC World Service

    I enjoyed listening to BBC world Service since my early years as an swl,I was not much on dx-ing broadcast stations on hf,as I had a fascination for dx-ing the amateur hf bands,BUT, Auntie BEEB was the ultimate in news and current events and was considered "The Gospel" when it came to accurate news and views.
    When I tuned into BBC and heard "This IS London" and the the strains of Lilibulero as played by one of Her Majesties finest Guards Military Bands,it made me very proud to be of British decent and stirred my pro Monarchist heart!The March Imperial Echoes was always played as the intro to RADIO NEWSREEL was also very stirring.It is very sad that the BBC is a victim over the years of budget cuts and it has showed in its programming as the later 1980's and into the 1990's how the country was changing.Then,around 1998,the world service ceased to broadcast directly to North America,we could still pick up the signal but by that time,it was not the same "Aunti BEEB" as we have come to know and love.
    During WW II, here in Newfoundland when we were a British Crown Colony,my father as a young boy fondly remembered listing to the BBC with his family for news about the war as many of Newfoundlands sons were serving with the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force and the British Army's Royal Artillery,of which two Regiments of Newfoundlanders,166TH Light Artillery,and the 59th Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery were raised and The Merchant Navy.The BBC was a trusted source of news and you could hear a" pin drop" while the radio was tuned to London.
    Thank you "Aunti Beeb" for the years of service and may God Damn the politicians who killed you!
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  11. DG3YCC

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    BBC still on 649 AM

    I listen to the BBC world service every night at 649 medium wave here in germany. Hope they will stay at least on t h a t band. I would even pay a monthly fee to keep the service alive! The decision to cut the service is extremely bad for anyone with a sailing boat or a motor vessel as for anyone who is not able to read.

    73 de Chris

  12. K4WGE

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    Forgot to mention that the Radio Moscow relay was over AM broadcast.
  13. KT1F

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    Al Jazeera is a TV network. I don't think they're on shortwave radio. Right now they're providing impressive coverage of the events in Egypt. It reminds me of CNN in the first Gulf war. They have a live stream. It's riveting stuff and quite likely history in the making.

    I think the BBC is a good news organization. I listen to the world service every day online. I hadn't heard about the heroin use in Italy story. I'd like to know more about that before rushing to judgment. I guess nobody is perfect. They've had their problems from time to time but they seem to have a good procedure for dealing with accusations of bad reporting.
  14. AD7N

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    A local NPR station will re-broadcast the BBC world service reports, so at least there is some activity - but it's sad to hear they're leaving shortwave completely.

    I had a RadioShack Shortwave receiver I'd tune around and find the BBC service a few times a week as a kid.

    For shorwave broadcast stations, there's still Radio Havana english. They're still one of the loudest shortwave broadcast stations on air from what I've heard, along with WWV
  15. 2E0OZI

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    As far as trusted news organisations, in the parts of the world not awash with money and power the BBC World Service is still rated number 1. Unfortunately they are the very areas and languages they are ceasing transmission to. Probably one of the most reliable ways for people in Egypt and Tunisia to have found out what was going on the last few weeks was from the BBC World Service. And not to turn this thread political, but I think the BBC pretty much for about the last 40 years has had the same take on things, its just that we have changed all around it. The Lord Reith view of reporting actually what happened (but at the same time subtle support for the Establishment) has been superceded from the 60s onwards by more analysis - much of it superb and in depth.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
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