German radio to launch Arab broadcasts

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12 January 2005, COLOGNE/AMMAN - After 46 years of satellite broadcasting, the Arabic service of Deutsche Welle will begin transmitting from Amman this spring on the FM frequency with a view to strengthening "dialogue" between Europe and the Arab world, the German radio broadcaster and embassy officials said.Deutsche Welle is currently in discussion with Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTVC) to obtain a frequency. "An agreement on technical details is expected within the new few weeks. That will

12 January 2005

COLOGNE/AMMAN - After 46 years of satellite broadcasting, the Arabic service of Deutsche Welle will begin transmitting from Amman this spring on the FM frequency with a view to strengthening "dialogue" between Europe and the Arab world, the German radio broadcaster and embassy officials said.

Deutsche Welle is currently in discussion with Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTVC) to obtain a frequency.

"An agreement on technical details is expected within the new few weeks. That will open the way for the installation of equipment needed for the transmission," said Stefan Bantle, first secretary for press and culture at the German embassy in Amman.

Bantle accompanied George Khoury, head of the DW Middle East Marketing and Distribution, and other members of the delegation during talks with JRTVC officials.

"We believe that dialogue between Germany and Jordan and between Europe and the Arab world will be strengthened if Deutsche Welle gets the opportunity to be on the air via FM" from Amman, Khoury said.

"The change is aimed at attracting more listeners in the region. We learnt that it is easier for people to listen to the FM radio than a satellite programme," he added.

He pointed out that the DW Arabic programmes from Amman "will be on the air for five hours per day as from April 2005". The service will be expanded to the rest of the region later, he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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