VT broadcasts Polskie Radio shortwave output
November 9th, 2009 - 10:08 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Support services company VT Group has secured a contract to broadcast 20 hours a day of analogue and digital output from the Polish public broadcaster Polskie Radio using its network of European and global transmission sites. VT will deliver the programming on shortwave to listeners in Europe and Israel. Broadcasts by Polskie Radio’s External Service, Poland’s international radio service, will be delivered in Polish, English, German, Hebrew, Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian.

Programming, originating in Warsaw, will be brought into VT’s Media Management Centre in London for scheduling and distribution to various transmission sites using VT’s Global Media Network - a combination of fibre connectivity and satellite delivery. The majority of transmission will go out from VT’s site at Woofferton in Shropshire, supported by other sites including Rampisham and Skelton, and partner sites in Dhabiyya in the United Arab Emirates and at Moosbrun in Austria.

Most of the programming will be analogue but there is also provision for 1.5 hours a day of digital output using DRM digital short wave.

VT’s John Prior, General Manager Broadcast and Security, commented: ” We are delighted to be appointed as Polskie Radio’s exclusive shortwave transmission partner supplementing their existing output by satellite and Internet. The move demonstrates a continued commitment to short wave from a major European broadcaster.”

The four-year contract with Polskie Radio, which started in late October, is worth some £1.5 million and means VT now has nearly 40 customers for its transmission services. Polskie Radio’s daily output will place it in the company’s top ten broadcast customers.