Tsunami hits radio

Prima FM reporter Uzair carries what was left of his studio – a mixing panel – following the devastating Indonesian tsunami.

World Service is now back on air on FM in Banda Aceh, where it is
broadcasting in English as well as in Indonesian. Three local radio
stations in Aceh are re-starting BBC World Service FM broadcasts this
week. Radio stations and transmitters were virtually destroyed by the
earthquake and tsunami which struck the region on Boxing Day.

Suwondo, head of the BBC Indonesian service, said: “People want to know
what is happening both in Indonesia and in neighbouring countries which
were hard-hit by the tidal waves. It is important that people in Aceh
know they are not alone and can see the global picture. Our local
partner stations have told us that they need the BBC programmes back as
soon as possible.”

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