• Short Summary

    RADIO IS BEING SUCCESSFULLY EMPLOYED IN THE BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS TO KEEP THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA IN TOUCH WITH WORLD AND LOCAL EVENTS.

  • Description

    RADIO IS BEING SUCCESSFULLY EMPLOYED IN THE BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS TO KEEP THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA IN TOUCH WITH WORLD AND LOCAL EVENTS.

    THE ISLANDS ARE SPREAD THROUGH 900 MILES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND RADIO IS THE ONLY EFFECTIVE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.

    THERE IS NO UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE SPOKEN AMONG THE MIXED ISLAND POPULATION OF MELANESIAN, POLYNESIAN AND MICRONESIAN PEOPLE. ENGLISH, THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, IS BEING INCREASINGLY SPOKEN BY YOUNG ISLANDERS, DUE PARTLY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE LOCAL RADIO STATION OPERATED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS BROADCASTING SERVICE.

    THE STATION IS SITUATED IN HONIARA, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL OF THE BRITISH SOLOMONS. THE TOWN DID NOT EXIST BEFORE WORLD WAR TWO, AND NOW IT IS A THRIVING COMMUNITY OF THREE AND A HALF THOUSAND PEOPLE.

    THE STATION IS ON THE AIR FOR THREE HOURS A DAY, AND AMONG THE LOCAL ITEMS OF INFORMATION BROADCAST ARE MARKET PRICES AND SOCCER RESULTS. FOR MOST PEOPLE IN THE SCATTERED ISLANDS IT IS THE ONLY WAY NEWS REACHES THEM. THERE ARE NO NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED IN THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE.

    THE STATION IN HONIARA IS MANAGED BY MR. ROBERT MCLEISH, AN ANNOUNCER SECONDED FROM THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION. HE IS ASSISTED BY A SOLOMON ISLANDER, MR. WILLIAM BENNETT.

    THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSISTOR RADIO HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE IN EVEN THE REMOTEST ISLANDS TO LISTEN TO THE STATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA14IHTTUI7I74TDIGJFGQKTZLM
    Media URN:
    VLVA14IHTTUI7I74TDIGJFGQKTZLM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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