Thank you for your interest in the Friends of the BBC World Service. The Friends has been recently established to support the Auckland Radio Trust [ART] which rebroadcasts the BBC World Service to Auckland on 810AM.
With over 350 reporters and correspondents throughout the world the BBC World Service provides a high quality, intelligent and balanced source of world news and current events which cannot be provided by the local media. The fact that over 40,000 people listen to the BBC World Service in Auckland is clear evidence that the rebroadcast is greatly valued.
The ART broadcasts pursuant to a licence granted by the New Zealand Government and must comply with the Government’ s Broadcasting Policy. Amongst other things this requires the ART to:
- Be a non profit organization
- Broadcast a satisfactory amount of local content
- Be financially viable with no more than 50% of total revenues coming from advertisements
The total cost of running the service is covered by the limited advertising permitted, sponsorship and donations from listeners. The ART relies on listener donations. The purpose of the Friends is to generate a regular cash flow to the ART and to build up some capital reserves against a rainy day. Your help in achieving this would be greatly appreciated.
Click here for the Application Form.
We hope listeners will agree to support the rebroadcast financially so that this valuable source of information is not lost.
Dr Harry Delamare
Friends of the BBC World Service