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Title: Taking Over the Airwaves
Date of publication: January 2010
Description/subject: Private FM radio stations are sprouting up all over Burma, offering listeners a variety of entertainment and, of course, government propaganda... "Almost every household in Burma has a radio on nowadays. Many families fight over what program to listen to. Father wants to hear the news and sports; the kids listen to pop music and celebrity interviews; mum tunes in every day to the fortune-teller, while grandmother enjoys the Buddhist monks’ recitals. Many Burmese own cheap, Chinese-made radios that can pick up both FM and shortwave broadcasts. (Photo: YUZO/The Irrawaddy) FM radio is booming in more ways than one in Burma. The stale government broadcasts of the 80s and 90s have been replaced by popular independent stations all across the country, from Moulmein to Myitkyina. The Ministry of Information renewed licenses in 2009 for eight private radio stations which transmit high-fidelity broadcasts on FM bands. Stations are licensed to broadcast daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are allowed to solicit revenue from advertising..."
Author/creator: Ko Htwe
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 1
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www2.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=17504
Date of entry/update: 28 February 2010

Title: Maintaining the BBC Standard - An Interview with Tin Htar Swe
Date of publication: January 2005
Description/subject: "The BBC’s Burmese Service is the most popular, and generally regarded as the most reliable, of the Burmese-language shortwave broadcasters. The Irrawaddy spoke recently with Tin Htar Swe, head of the Burmese Service... Question: What sort of news do you feed to your audience inside Burma? Answer: Our aim is to provide ground breaking stories, whether global or regional. We have a highly sophisticated audience who are well informed about the world events. One would have imagined that—given the limited access to foreign newspapers, periodicals and journals—people would be deprived of information. On the contrary, we realized that most people are very much up to date with what is happening in the world. When we put out a story we have to make sure that we explain the story well and that all angles are covered. When it comes to news we do not draw a line between global and Burma news. There are some exceptions of course; because Burma is a closed society we also try to put out stories which can be too local for the international audience but definitely not for the Burmese people inside the country..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 1
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 10 August 2005

Title: Airing His Views - An Interview with Soe Thinn
Date of publication: October 2004
Description/subject: "(Soe Thinn is the director of the Radio Free Asia Burmese Service in Washington, DC. He also worked with the Burmese Service of the Voice of America from 1992 until 1996 and with the Burmese Foreign Service from 1969 until October 1988. He spoke with The Irrawaddy about the challenges of bringing information to the Burmese public and RFA's future plans.)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 12, No. 8
Format/size: pdf (19K)
Date of entry/update: 28 April 2008

Title: Keeping the Pulse of Burmese Airwaves
Date of publication: November 2002
Description/subject: "A new radio station plying the airwaves in Rangoon offers listeners a limited, but significant alternative to state-run broadcasts... The emergence of City FM ... has won the hearts and ears of entertainment-starved audiences in Rangoon. Run by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) since November 2001, City FM (FM 89.00 MHz) has forged ahead with its commercial-style, entertainment-first broadcasts. "We started City FM with the YCDC�s own budget and we later received a lot money from advertisements. The funding source has nothing to do with the government," a high-ranking YCDC official told The Irrawaddy...With its limited outreach and entertainment-only scope, City FM is just a small drop in the ocean in regards to the country�s national broadcasting media. Yet, it has found a space on Burma�s airwaves�apolitical and free from the relentless state-broadcast propaganda. "When listening to City FM, I never hear the brazen announcements of government propaganda such as the �Three National Causes� and �Twelve [political, economic and social] Objectives� that you hear repeatedly on the state-owned media," says Ko Lin..."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 10, No. 9
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003