Medium wave frequency for the "Voice of Russia" radio station
Biel/Bienne, 09.02.2011 - The Russian public service broadcaster "Voice of Russia" has been granted permission to transmit its program service on medium-wave from the Monte Ceneri transmitter. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) awarded the station a corresponding licence.
Voice of Russia aims to start broadcasting on 1 March 2011. The programme service is targetted at foreign listeners as well as Russian citizens living abroad and reception will be possible primarily in the Tessin and northern Italy. As Voice of Russia is transmitted from Switzerland, the programme service is subject to the registration obligation and programme content is subject to supervision by the Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television and general supervision by OFCOM.
In accordance with international agreements, a total of five medium-wave frequency bands are available for Switzerland, though these are not currently being used. An assessment of requirements performed by OFCOM in autumn 2008 indicated that interest in medium-wave had wained in the Swiss media sector.
On 22 December 2010 the Federal Council adopted the new Broadcasting Directives thereby creating the legal foundations for releasing unused frequencies to prospective customers.
Address for enquiries
René Wehrlin, Section Broadcasters, OFCOM, Tel. 032 327 55 96
Federal Office of Communications