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BBS (Bhutan Broadcasting Service)

BBS (Bhutan Broadcasting Service)
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Last updated:
2012-06-16 20:25:28
Country: BhutanListen to radio stations broadcasting from Bhutan
City: Thimphu
Address: Post Box 101Chubachu
FM (MHz): 88.1
Genre: Local Music
Phone: +975-2-323071
Fax: +975 (0)2 323 07
Language of broadcast: Multilingual
Description: Radio in Bhutan
Radio Broadcasting was started by a group of young volunteers, known as the National Youth Association of Bhutan (NYAB) in November 1973. The station was operational only on Sundays with 30 minutes of news and music. The NYAB club office was transformed to radio studio on weekends. The 400-watt transmitter was rented from the local telegraph office. The station was called Radio NYAB.

In 1979, the Royal Government recognizing the importance of the radio for development communication, incorporated the station under the Ministry of Communications.

In 1986 with the commissioning of a 10 KW short-wave transmitter and a small broadcast studio, Radio NYAB was renamed as Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS). Daily broadcasting was introduced with three hours of programming.

In March 1991, BBS acquired its permanent seat in Chubachu, Thimphu, and a 50kw short-wave transmitter.

In June 2000, BBS introduced FM radio service for western Bhutan with the inauguration of the main FM station at Dobchula and one relay station at Takti in the south. The FM service was extended to central Bhutan in January 2001 and the rest of the country in 2005.

In August 2007, a 100 KW short-wave transmitter with digital radio mondale (DRM) capability was commissioned. With this, the Bhutanese population is able to listen to very high quality reception through short wave radio. It will also allow BBS to choose between classical amplitude modulation (AM) analogue channel or DRM operation, which will make it possible to broadcast around the globe with crystal clear reception in near FM quality.

BBS radio broadcasts for 15 hours daily from 6 am to 9 pm in 4 languages (Dzongkha, Sharchop, Lhotsamkha and English).

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