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Radio Singapore International to stop transmission
Singapore, 3 June 2008 – MediaCorp will be shutting down the Radio Singapore International (RSI) shortwave service at the end of July 2008.
RSI was set up in 1994 by the then Singapore Broadcasting Corporation and aimed at reaching out to the region and helping Singaporeans overseas keep pace with developments in the Republic.
The effectiveness of a short wave radio service has diminished over time with changing technology and media consumption habits.
While FM radio broadcast has remained strong, audiences are turning to a plethora of channels for their news, e.g. internet radio and the world-wide web. More people around the region are also tuning into MediaCorp’s Channel NewsAsia (International) feed for news and information on global developments with Asian perspectives.
From this perspective, it is not optimal to continue with a full regional radio service broadcasting in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia).
MediaCorp will be redeploying all RSI staff to other areas, including retraining some for new duties.
Issued by MediaCorp Radio
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About MediaCorp Radio
MediaCorp Radio leads the local broadcasting industry by providing the best audio entertainment and offering up-to-the minute news and information. As a people-oriented business, MediaCorp Radio is committed to meeting the varied listening needs of Singapore with her rich and diverse culture.
MediaCorp Radio operates 13 local FM stations, including 6 English stations, 3 Chinese stations, 2 Malay stations, 1 Indian station and an International Channel. MediaCorp Radio also offers discerning listeners interference free and CD sound quality music through its Digital Radio service.
From its inception as a single radio station in 1936, MediaCorp Radio has grown to become the largest radio network in Singapore.
MediaCorp Radio is the radio arm of MediaCorp. MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and digital media. MediaCorp has over 55 products in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), including online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asia Television's Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world.
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