Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ethiopia state broadcaster goes live online

Live audio and video streams are now available from state broadcaster Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) from a new bilingual Amharic/English website at, which diverts from the organization’s old web address. The streams available are:

Ethiopian Television (ETV)
Radio Ethiopia National Service
Radio Ethiopia FM Addis 97.1.
The website also offers an on-demand video archive of ETV’s news bulletins in English and Amharic.

Radio Ethiopia National Service is on the air at 0300-2100 UTC daily, broadcasting on 93.2 MHz FM in Addis Ababa and on 594, 684, 828, 855. 873, 891, 972 kHz mediumwave and 5990, 7110 and 9705 kHz shortwave. Programming is in Amharic, English, Oromo, Tigrinya and other official languages, with the various language segments separated by the station’s xylophone-like interval signal. An English programme is observed at 1200-1300 UTC daily, at the end of which they announce that they will be on air in English again at 1600-1700 on 989 kHz mediumwave and 31 and 41 metres shortwave (presumably this refers to the External Service on 9560 and 7165 kHz).

FM Addis 97.1 is on the air round the clock in the capital, with music and information presented in local languages.
(Source: Dave Kernick, Interval Signals Online/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)