Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Vive radio for breaking news

Very often, radio is still faster than TV and even the Internet for up-to-date news. For example, ABC Radio National reported this morning that stock exchanges in Europe and Asia have suffered their worst one-day falls since September 11, 2001. There can hardly be a bigger international story than the possibility of imminent world recession.

Yet, at time of writing, there is no similar story yet to be found in the today's feeds from BBC News, Guardian Unlimited, Reuters, NPR News nor The Washington Post. In fact, at time of writing, this major story is not yet on the web page of ABC News.

To stay up to date with news, I use Radio National first, and Daily Planet News second, and I use both every day. That's a combo that's hard to beat.

I also quite often tune in to BBC News (best in the world, in my opinion), through my own community radio station, 2BBB-FM, which broadcasts from a volunteer-built mudbrick building in my town of Bellingen, Australia. Triple-B is heading for its 25th birthday in September. Here's its program schedule. Bellingen used to be, maybe still is, Australia's smallest community with its own community radio station licence, and BBB broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year -- quite an achievement for a volunteer-run station in a small village.

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