Vatican Radio’s English Africa Service would like to inform listeners in Rome, Italy, that the English Africa Service programme broadcast four times daily on Rome's FM 103.8 frequency is moving to a digital platform beginning Tuesday, this week, 15 February 2017.
From this date onwards, the ‘English Africa Programme’ can be heard only through the Vatican Radio World Channel on Digital Audio Broadcasting standard known as DAB or its updated version DAB+, which will require the purchase of a digital radio receiver. However, listeners can continue to listen to the podcast of the daily programme throughout the day by logging on to our website www.radiovaticana.va, click on English and then go to the On-demand and Podcast section on the right hand side of the page; click on ‘English for Africa Programme.’
In recent years, Vatican Radio has experimented with digital transmission technologies, including DAB, which is said to be cheaper and has a better sound quality, according to experts.
In Africa, the main outlet for our daily English Africa programmes will continue to be through the re-transmission of the daily programme by several Catholic radio stations in Africa. Most of these radio stations are owned by various African Catholic dioceses, parishes, religious congregations and some by the Radio Maria network.
The times and frequencies of our Shortwave (SW) broadcast to Africa and the rest of the world remain the same.
The English Africa Service apologises to our Rome listeners for any inconvenience the change from FM to digital radio might cause. The times of broadcasts remain the same.
For further information kindly contact the English Africa Service through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (+39) 06 69883892