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New transmitter deal for Middle East Radio Network

The US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has signed an agreement with the Government of Cyprus for a new, medium wave (AM) transmitter that will give the Middle East Radio Network (MERN) broad reach in the region.

The US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has signed an agreement with the Government of Cyprus for a new, medium wave (AM) transmitter that will give the Middle East Radio Network (MERN) broad reach in the region.

Averof Neophytu, Minister of Communications and Works, and Donald K. Bandler, the U.S. Ambassador signed the agreement earlier this month.

"The transmitter will be a major component of MERN," says Governor Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the BBG’s Mideast Committee.

MERN, known as Radio Sawa in the region, will reach Egypt and areas of the Levant once the 600 kilowatt transmitter is operational. The transmitter, located in southeastern Cyprus near Cape Greco, is expected to start carrying MERN in August 2002 on a frequency of 981 kilohertz.

"The transmitter will help millions of people across the Middle East enjoy our network," says Governor Tom Korologos, who was involved in negotiations for the transmitter.

Medium wave transmitters in Kuwait (1540), and Rhodes, Greece (1260), already carry MERN, which went on the air March 23, 2002. An additional AM transmitter in Djibouti is expected to come on line within the next year.

MERN is also carried on FM transmitters in Amman, Jordan (98.1), Kuwait (95.7), Dubai (90.5) and Abu Dhabi (98.7), as well as on Nilesat, Arabsat and Eutelsat Hotbird and short wave. The U.S. Government has signed agreements for FM frequencies in Doha, Qatar and Manama, Bahrain, and is negotiating with other countries for frequencies.

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