Digital Broadcasters Vendor News has learned that Radio Nepal is to receive Overseas Development Aid from Japan to improve short wave and medium wave radio transmissions.
The 588.4 million Nepali Rupee (USD8.36 million) prject is to replace damaged and outdated equipment. In recent years, a paucity of spare parts and damage through the country's Maoist insurgency has left the state broadcaster's transmission infrastructure in a dire situation.
The re-equipment program, using Japanese broadcast vendors and suppliers will help Radio Nepal on its path to full digital broadcasting.
Radio Nepal started in 1951.
Radio Nepal says that radio broadcasting is the cheapest and quickest means of mass communications in the mountainous country.
Radio Nepal short wave radio transmissions are estimated to reach even the remotest villages while medium wave stations can be heard by 70 - 80% of the population.
Radio Nepal introduced FM broadcasting in 1995 in Kathmandu and since developed into a network, albeit comprised of low power FM stations at the municipality level.
The main news operation is digital and automation introduced. Archiving of traditional music is also been converted to digital.
Radio Nepal broadcasts in Nepali, English and Magar, Gurung, Tamang, Rai Bantawa, Limbu, Newari, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu, Tharu East and Tharu West, Avadhi, Sherpa, Maithili, Sanskrit, Kham Magar and Doteli languages.