ABC Radio Australia will be heard in the Republic of Marshall Islands for the first time in more than five years.
Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, ABC Radio Australia programs will be carried on the Republic of Marshall Islands’ national broadcaster, V7AB.
ABC Managing Director, David Anderson, said the new partnership is a first step towards the aim of establishing a full FM radio service in RMI: “Radio is a critical information source, especially where communities are scattered and remote. This initiative is an expression of the ABC’s commitment to Pacific audiences.”
Head of ABC International Services, Claire Gorman, acknowledged the support of the Australian Embassy in Majuro for brokering the agreement.
“The ABC is delighted to renew our relationship with RMI audiences and contribute to building links between Australia and countries across the Pacific,” she said.
Ms Gorman said ABC Radio Australia covers issues across Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia.
“We will be sharing a curated selection of programs made for, with and about Pacific communities. This agreement will extend access to ABC Radio Australia’s high-quality radio content across the region.”
Programs under the agreement include the flagship regional current affairs Pacific Beat and programs about gender empowerment, disaster preparedness, sport, music and general interest.
ABC Radio Australia programs can be heard on V7AB Radio Marshall Islands on AM Radio at 1098 kHz.