By James Wood

Records the function of the West's overseas broadcasters, comparable to Voice of the US, Radio unfastened Europe, and the BBC international carrier, in utilizing propaganda and different info to aid in bringing concerning the cave in of Soviet communism. Analyzes new makes use of of those broadcasting infrastructures and new advancements reflecting adjustments on the planet in politics and tradition. a lot realization is dedicated to broadcasting to and inside of Asia and the center East. additionally seems on the transmitter production undefined, and rising technologies.

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SWlistening audiences and broadcasting output 21 Programme output hours The most widely used parameter in international broadcasting is that of programme hours output, usually measured on a weekly basis. Such figures are a direct sum of all language programmes radiated by an international broadcaster by SW broadcasts (and by MW where used). Such figures do not include re-broadcasting. Thus one transmitter would be capable of transmitting 168 hours a week if used continuously. In practice, most broadcasters like to reach audiences at prime time, when numbers are at their highest, as broadcasting in the small hours is less cost-effective.

Old age, coupled with arthritic fingers, often makes the task that much more difficult. All of these difficulties, together with the tendency for SW signals to be affected by astronomical factors over a period of seconds (due to changes in the ionosphere), mean that some listeners find it easier to settle for the strongest signal in a particular broadcast band, and if they like what they hear they may stay tuned to that station. This is one of the reasons why SW broadcasting is highly competitive and it also accounts for the need for these international broadcasters to pay attention to ensuring good audibility in all their target zones by the use of high power SW transmitters coupled to highly directive curtain arrays.

Re-broadcasting attracted a larger listening audience but SW as the means of transmission was the loser. Why listen to programmes from the West on SW if the same programme could be heard over the local FM station? In 1995 a listening audience survey carried out by VOA in the Czech Republic showed that of the total number of Czech listeners to VOA programmes, 64 per cent said they listened to VOA over their FM station. Another factor which has played its part in the loss of SW listeners is the appetite of these listeners for new technology.

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