NASWA Journal Columns · 1999 · January

Easy Listening, January 1999

BBC World Service: Big Changes

For months, the BBC has hinted that changes were afoot in World Service philosophy and programming. Effective January 10th, the World Service becomes even more like an all-news radio station with a significant expansion of The World Today. The World Today was launched last year as Europe’s “Breakfast” news program; we in the Americas were treated to half-hour versions at 0400 and 0500, while Europe received the program continuously from 0400 to 0700. At the time, The World Today effectively replaced Europe Today in the program lineup.

What does that mean to us in the Americas? For starters, 12 of the 24 hours of the day will feature minimum half hour weekday newscasts as follows:

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Net Notes, January 1999

Happy New Year!

Auroral activity extrapolated from NOAA/POES is displayed on the Web. “Instruments on board the NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) continually monitor the power flux carried by the protons and electrons that produce aurora in the atmosphere.” Northern and Southern pole maps show the breadth of the current auroral zone, especially interesting to watch when there are solar disturbances.

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Scoreboard, January 1999

Greetings and welcome to the SCOREBOARD once again. This issue the SPOTLIGHT is on North America. Remember to update at least once a year to remain listed on the SCOREBOARD. Next time the SPOTLIGHT will be on Oceana. CH = Countries Heard and C/V = Countries Verified. Country Counts are by the Official NASWA Radio Countries List. Thanks to all our contributors, now, on to the totals.

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