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BBC Burmese programmes to run on Myanmar Radio

MUMBAI: For the first time ever, BBC Burmese radio programmes will be rebroadcast by Myanmar’s state broadcaster Myanmar Athan (Myanmar Radio), thus expanding the BBC Burmese service’s footprint in Myanmar.

Three programmes – the BBC Burmese youth show ‘Mobigeno’, the technology and digital innovations programme ‘Cool Tech’, and the programme introducing innovative farming methods ‘San Thit Tehtwin Lai Myay Ta Kwin’, are now part of the Myanmar Athan programming aired on FM, medium- and shortwave.

Collaboration with Myanmar Athan further expands BBC Burmese availability in Myanmar. BBC Burmese is currently broadcast through major local broadcasters, on TV and radio. Its audio news bulletins are available on mobile phones in the country.

BBC Burmese is part of BBC World Service.

BBC Burmese editor Tin Htar Swe commented, “Our collaboration with Myanmar Athan means that now, for the first time for BBC Burmese in Myanmar, our content will be available via a state broadcaster. In addition to medium- and shortwave availability, airing these programmes on FM will help us capture a new radio audience which will include a lot of young people who listen to FM on their mobile phones. This is great news for the BBC in Myanmar, further reinforcing our multiplatform presence in Myanmar.”

MRTV DG U Myint Htwe said, “In such a good time of openness, Myanmar Athan will be carrying BBC content for the first time, and I am really proud of it. By adding the BBC’s high-quality radio programmes to the schedule of Myanmar Athan, we are further diversifying our radio offer. I am looking forward to continuing MRTV’s cooperation with the BBC.”

The BBC Burmese 10-minute bi-weekly programmes will be re-broadcast by Myanmar Athan and repeated the following week at these times:

The BBC Burmese radio programming is broadcast from London on shortwave and on Asiasat5 satellite television channel and streamed online via bbcburmese.com.