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BBC to expand radio news coverage amidst Kashmir blackout


LONDON: The BBC said on Thursday it will expand shortwave radio news coverage in the Indian occupied Kashmir in order to help ease the impact of a communications blackout imposed by the Indian government since August 4.

The BBC said the number and length of program will grow in a variety of languages spoken in the densely populated region.

BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus said in a statement, “Given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the region, it’s right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our shortwave radio services. The provision of independent and trusted news in places of conflict and tension is one of the core purposes of the World Service.”

The BBC said its News Hindi radio output will be extended by 30 minutes from Friday. News in Urdu the official language of Pakistan spoken by Muslims who compromise the majority in IOK will launch a 15-minute daily program on Monday. English morning broadcasts will end an hour later than usual. The evening English-language news will start an hour earlier and end at their usual time.