Friday, June 02, 2006

Bhutanese TV, since 1999

June 2, 1999, is a date which is for sure marked on Bhutanese history, as it means the beginning of a new TV era in such country.
For many years, Bhutan was the only country in the world to ban TV, and only some government controlled radio programs were broadcasted. It was until the date mentioned above when the Bhutanese leaders finally authorized the operation and exploitation of a public TV service (regulated by the State), which began to broadcast news, documentaries, prayers and entertainment programs only during some hours per day (currently from 6 pm to 10 pm), through a State-controlled TV company named Bhutan Broadcasting Service (or BBS). The TV Service in Bhutan is only available in the capital city, Timphu.
FM and shortwave radio service is also provided by the government through the BBS and it doesn't reach the whole country, but only about 3/4 of its entire territory.

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