Radio Taiwan International (RTI) is the international broadcasting service of the Republic of China (Taiwan). It broadcasts news, information, and entertainment programs in 14 languages to listeners around the world. RTI was founded in 1928 and is the oldest international broadcaster in Asia. It is a government-owned station, and the Taiwanese government funded this broadcast. RTI's shortwave broadcasts have been a lifeline for many listeners around the world. Radio Taiwan provides them with news and information about Taiwan and the world. However, RTI has announced that to save money, it will reduce the broadcast time and frequency of its shortwave broadcasts. It will be in six languages from August 1, 2023. This is due to financial constraints and the decline of shortwave broadcasting as a technology.
To save money, Radio Taiwan International is reducing Shortwave.
Radio Taiwan International (RTI), the international broadcasting arm of Taiwan, ROC, will reduce its shortwave Broadcasts from August 1, 2023. The move is to save money, as RTI has faced financial challenges recently.
The six languages affected by the reduction in shortwave broadcasts are Indonesian, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, and English. These languages will now be broadcast in a one-time zone and one frequency. For example, the English broadcast will now be on 9405 kHz from 16:00 to 17:00 UTC.
The RTI English broadcast to Southeast Asia at 0300-0400 UTC on 15320 kHz will be dropped completely. This is a significant reduction in RTI's shortwave broadcasting, as it will no longer be able to reach as many listeners as possible in Asia.
RTI has said that it regrets the need to reduce its shortwave broadcasts. But it is necessary to make difficult financial decisions to ensure the organization's long-term sustainability. The organization also explores other ways to reach listeners, such as online streaming and social media.
The reduction in RTI's shortwave broadcasts is a blow to listeners in many parts of the world. Shortwave radio is a valuable tool for providing news and information to people in countries with limited access to the internet. It is also a way for people to connect with different cultures and perspectives.
The decision by RTI to reduce its shortwave broadcasts is a reminder of the challenges facing international broadcasting in the digital age. As more and more people get their news and information online, traditional broadcasting platforms are losing ground. However, shortwave radio remains an essential tool for reaching people in remote areas and countries with limited internet access.
Frequency Guide After Reduce the Broadcasts of RTI Shortwave
The new broadcast times and frequencies are as follows:
English: 9405 kHz (16:00-17:00 UTC)
French: 6005 kHz (1900-1930 UTC) *
German – 5900 kHz (1900-1930 UTC) *
Indonesian: 11915 kHz (10:00-11:00 UTC)
Japanese: 9740 kHz (1100-1200 UTC)
Korean: 9700 kHz (10:30-11:00 UTC)
Thai: 9525 kHz (13:00-14:00 UTC)
Vietnamese: 9695 kHz (11:00-12:00 UTC)
(* RTI German and French languages are searching for a new frequency, and it was under a test transmission of French Service)
Impact on Listeners' life worldwide
RTI's shortwave broadcasts have been a lifeline for many listeners around the world, providing them with news and information about Taiwan and the world. The reduction in shortwave broadcasts is a significant blow to these listeners, and it is still determining what the long-term impact of this decision will be.
It is worth noting that RTI is not the only international broadcaster that has been forced to reduce its shortwave broadcasts in recent years. DUE TO FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS, the BBC World Service, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle (DW), and Radio France Internationale have all cut back on their shortwave broadcasts in recent years.
The decline of shortwave broadcasting is a trend that is likely to continue in the years to come. Shortwave radio is a relatively old technology, and finding listeners willing to invest in shortwave radio is becoming increasingly more work. In addition, the rise of the internet has made it easier for people to access news and information worldwide without the need for a shortwave radio.
Despite the challenges facing shortwave broadcasting, many people still rely on this technology to stay informed about the world. It is important to remember that shortwave radio is a valuable tool for communication, and shame to see it's decline.
It's hope that RTI will find ways to continue its shortwave broadcasts in the future. In the meantime, listeners in Asia and other parts of the world will have to find different ways to get their news and information from RTI.
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