BBC Tamizhosai, the Tamil Service of BBC World Service, is sharing its programming in support of education with community radio stations in India. As a pilot, Anna FM (90.4 MHz), India’s first community radio station, has been treated to an eight-part series on nuclear science, titled ‘Anusakthi Arivom’.
The total duration of this content is 70 minutes and the response to the eight-part series is being evaluated to take such content sharing agreements further.
T Manivannan, Head of Tamil Service, BBC World Service, said, “This is the first such programme done on a trial basis. We’d like to assess the impact. Yes, we are willing to take this further, provided there is sufficient interest and response. For educational institutions, we are willing to provide the content free.”
The programme on nuclear science, which is originally in English, has been translated and packaged in Tamil by the BBC Tamil Service. The same show has been heard on BBC Tamizhosai between March and May this year.
The Tamil division of BBC Radio is interested in offering educational programmes on themes like English learning, science and technology, and health matters to students through community radio stations.
Anna FM’s students will be conducting a survey to gauge the station’s response to the programme. The eight-part nuclear science series is being rebroadcast to Anna FM listeners from August 20 to 27 twice a day at 7.15 am and 8.15 pm. BBC Tamizhosai is expected to pursue other possibilities of content sharing with other community radio stations as well.
An official release stated that the joint venture would explore the potential for a long-term collaboration between BBC and Anna FM in sharing of programme content.