Statement regarding interference to BBC World Service transmissions

Date: 25.02.2013Last updated: 25.02.2013 at 11.15

Category: World Service

The BBC has received reports that World Service English shortwave frequencies are being jammed in China. Though it is not possible at this stage to attribute the source of the jamming definitively, the extensive and co-ordinated efforts are indicative of a well-resourced country such as China.

The BBC strongly condemns this action, which is designed to disrupt audiences’ free access to news and information.

In the past couple of years the BBC has experienced jamming of satellite services. While shortwave jamming is generally less frequent, it does affect BBC Persian transmissions in Iran and was historically used to block BBC broadcasts during the Cold War.

Director of BBC Global News, Peter Horrocks says: “The jamming of shortwave transmissions is being timed to cause maximum disruption to BBC World Service English broadcasts in China. The deliberate and co-ordinated efforts by authorities in countries such as China and Iran illustrate the significance and importance of the role the BBC undertakes to provide impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world.”

BBC Press Office


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Comment by Gary on February 25, 2013 at 6:39pm

This jamming business though reminds of things during the cold war with the Russians. We supposedly aren't at war with China. Maybe they need to be reminded of that.


China Radio International is still available on shortwave over here. A pleasant station to listen to when I happen across them.  

Comment by Gary on February 25, 2013 at 6:31pm

Hi CreekE. The BBC and others used to transmit to North America using the Radio Canada Intnl. transmitter at Sackville New Brunswick. They rented the time on it but some years back that ended. I used to listen to them all the time. Really good international news coverage!


Not really into podcasts although I used to listen to Radio New Zealand Intnl. that way. They have really good coverage of the pacific rim area but their schedule is a bit out of sync for north america.


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