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US Renews Balkan Contract With WRN

(July 10, 2001)
The U.S. Government's International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) recently renewed its contract with World Radio Network (WRN) to transmit a news and information service to the Balkan region via one of the pan-European Astra satellites.

When the Bosnian government closed private media outlets during the conflict in the late 1990's, IBB increased its broadcasts to the territories of the former Yugoslavia, particularly communities in Kosovo, Serbia and Albania, in order to provide the population with reliable news. A dedicated IBB Balkan channel was established, broadcasting across the region in English, Croatian, Serbian and Albanian. Programming was, and continues to be, taken from the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

The news content originates from VOA's studios in Washington, DC, and RFE/RL's studios in Prague, Czech Republic. It is then transmitted to WRN in London via the company's Atlantic Crossing fibre optic circuit and, until recently, was up-linked to the Astra 1c analog satellite.

In June this year, IBB renewed its contract with WRN and asked the company to arrange a frequency change for the Balkan service to a new analog channel broadcasting on Astra 1B, Transponder 27, audio subcarrier 7.56MHz. The International Broadcasting Bureau is the umbrella organization that administers U.S. Government-funded civilian international broadcasts including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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