VOA expands broadcasting to Pakistan border region
Deewa Radio, the Voice of America’s (VOA) Pashto service broadcast to the war-torn Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, is expanding to nine hours daily starting today. “The time is right to add three more hours to Deewa’s original programming,” said Steve Redisch, VOA’s executive editor. “Deewa is often the only source of accurate news and information for the millions of people living in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and elsewhere. They rely on us daily for basic information.”
Created in October 2006, Deewa is aimed at an estimated 40 million Pashto-speaking people in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, including the NWFP where some 2.5 million people have been displaced as Pakistani military battle Taliban fighters. Deewa also reaches Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan.
* The VOA website has not yet been updated with the expanded schedule. Deewa Radio had been operating at 1200-1800 UTC. According to Dragan Letic via DX Listening Digest, the additional three hours are at 0000-0300 UTC on 12015, 11535 and 9380 kHz