BBC to reach more Kyrgyz and Uzbek audiences via new FMs in Kyrgyzstan
BBC World Service has further expanded its broadcasting on FM in Kyrgyzstan.
The new BBC 103.7FM brings BBC Kyrgyz programming in crystal clear sound quality to listeners in the capital, Bishkek, while BBC 102.2FM in Batken and BBC 106.3FM in Kerben give audiences in these cities the opportunity to tune in to BBC Kyrgyz and BBC Uzbek broadcasts.
Hamid Ismailov, Head, Central Asia and Caucasus service, World Service, says he is delighted to be in Bishkek to officially mark the launch of the new BBC FMs: "We have had a very good partner relationship with the Kyrgyzstan State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company which rebroadcasts a mix of BBC language programming.
"With the new BBC FM frequencies in Bishkek, Batken and Kerben, the BBC programming in Kyrgyz and Uzbek will be available, at key listening times, across the country through uninterrupted, loud and clear signal.
"This means more people in Kyrgyzstan will have daily access to reliable and objective news and information in their mother tongues."
Programme schedules (all local time):
BBC 102.2FM in Batken and BBC 106.3FM in Kerben: Weekdays:
7.00pm - BBC Uzbek
8.00pm and 9.00pm - BBC Kyrgyz
10.00pm - BBC Uzbek
7.00pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm and 10.00pm - BBC Uzbek
BBC Kyrgyz on BBC 103.7FM in Bishkek:
7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.00pm
BBC Kyrgyz on 1st Channel of Kyrgyzstan State Radio: Weekdays:
7.00pm and 9.00pm
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