Radio Nepal gears up for provincial broadcast

KATHMANDU: The oldest radio station in the country, Radio Nepal (RN), would launch the provincial broadcast in line with the federal set-up of the country soon.

In a press conference organised by the RN here today on the eve of its 67th anniversary, RN Executive Director Suresh Kumar Karki shared that well-equipped broadcasting centres would be established in all seven provinces and the provincial broadcast would be launched from the next fiscal year.

Karki also said that discussions were held with stakeholders and listeners to restructure the organisation as per the provincial set-up as mentioned in the 2015 Constitution.

Established on April 2, 1951, the RN has been conducting central broadcasting 24/7 while preparations are underway for provincial broadcasting to be on air for 18 hours a day.

The RN has been broadcasting news bulletins in 21 languages, including English and Sanskrit, at various timings while programmes are being broadcast in 18 languages.

According to the Executive Director, new transmitters are being procured for technical upgrading for widening listenership of the RN that currently spans across 83 per cent of the total population.