Evangelists pour massive investment into digital radio
Two big evangelical Christian broadcasters begin digital radio transmissions from Northern Australia this week.
The two organisations are Voice International and HCJB (Heralding Christ Jesus's Blessing) World Radio.
Voice International will beam programs in Indonesian, English, Chinese and Hindi from its Darwin transmitter into a region with a population of 2.8 billion. HCJB World Radio will be transmitting from Kununurra. The organisations are using the latest digital technologies which deliver a radio a signal as good as what city dwellers experience on FM even though this is broadcast over large distances. Gone are the days of fading experienced in the days of short wave radio.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports: While the broadcasters "face obstacles with digital broadcasts because listeners need to have a digital receiver, both networks are so well organised and funded that they are understood to be prepared to provide receivers or at least subsidise their $100 cost."
SOURCES FULL STORY:
Voice International Website
17 Jun 2003