Belgrade independent radio moves to Net
March 26, 1999
by Mary Lisbeth D'Amico
(IDG) -- An independent radio station that Yugoslavian authorities shut down Wednesday has continued its broadcasts via the Internet, with the help of Real Networks and a Dutch service provider.
The independent Belgrade-based station, Radio B92, is continuing to broadcast as usual via the Internet. The station is broadcasting news in English, according to Andreas Oetker-Kast, a spokesperson at Text 100, the agency that handles communications for Real Networks in Germany.
Real Networks' streaming software, RealPlayer, makes it possible for anyone with a 28-kbps modem to receive audio and video clips via the Internet.
The Dutch service provider XS4All has also set up a special support campaign for Radio B92. The provider has been transmitting signals from B92 via the Internet since 1996, according to information on its Web site. These digital signals are also picked up by the BBC World Service and retransmitted via satellite.
"In light of the current tense situation, it is very likely that the possibility of B92 continuing its independent news service will be limited even further," says a statement on the Dutch providers' Web site. A fundraising campaign is also being started by the support group, to send money and equipment to B92 and other independent radio stations in Serbia and Kosovo, the statement said.
On Wednesday evening, NATO forces began bombing strikes in Yugoslavia, in reaction to ongoing conflicts between the Serbs and the ethnic Albanian minority in Kosovo.
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