Tuesday, May 5, 2009

VPR's World Channel: A Terrific 10-Year "Experiment"

This week, we concluded 10 years of the VPR World Channel on WWPV 88.7 FM in Chittenden County. VPR worked with Saint Michael's College to air the BBC World Service whenever students were not producing local programs.

It started off as a five-week experiment in December 1998, but the World Channel has been on the air ever since with a somewhat regular schedule during the school year, and expanded broadcasts when school was out of session. Here's a link to a story about WWPV in The Echo, a student publication at St. Mike's.

There are a few reasons for the change. The media landscape has changed drastically over the last ten years, and the BBC World Service is now widely available. Plus, maintaining the World Channel required a considerable investment of time and resources by VPR. As we continue looking for ways to keep expenses in line during this difficult budget year, we feel it's important to focus on our main services: VPR, VPR Classical, and VPR.net.

You can hear the BBC World Service overnight on VPR. It’s also available full-time via our HD-3 channels and streaming at VPR.net. Click here for all of your BBC options.

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