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BBC World Service resumes broadcasting in Iceland

MUMBAI: BBC World Service broadcasts resumed in Iceland from 13 August. An agreement was reached between Vodafone in Iceland and BBC to broadcast BBC World Service on FM radio in the Reykjavík area and via the company’s IPTV network around the country.

The news channel can be heard on FM 103.5. The BBC World Service will also be available on channel 319 via Vodafone’s IPTV network in Iceland.

News coverage and current affairs programming from BBC World Service is well known to Icelanders. The channel was previously broadcast on FM 94.3 until earlier this summer when the transmissions ended – much to the listeners’ dismay.

BBC World Service Group director Peter Horrocks said, “We know we have very loyal radio listeners in Iceland and we look forward to them rejoining us on the airwaves.”

BBC World Service head of business development Europe Fred Durman said, “I’m delighted that, thanks to our agreement with Vodafone, audiences in Iceland will be able to tune into the BBC World Service on the radio once more, on FM 103.5.”

Vodafone Iceland CEO Stefán Sigurðsson said, “It is a pleasure to be able to announce the resumed broadcasting of the BBC World Service here in Iceland. The news channel has a dedicated following here, not the least due to its in-depth news coverage and ambitious programming at all times, on current affairs all over the world. This also explains the tremendous reaction when the channel‘s transmissions were cut earlier this summer. At Vodafone Iceland and the BBC, both parties are committed to providing listeners in Iceland with the BBC World Service in the long term.”