News

2014 Climate Change Opinion Poll: Diaspora Audiences Weigh In

As world leaders, business executives and environmentalists gather for a global conversation on climate change at the United Nations on September 23rd, AudioNow surveyed key diaspora groups in the United States on their views.

Through our proprietary, “AudioNow Insights” Flash Poll system, the platform provides micro-insights into its various ethnic groups and hard-to-reach communities. AudioNow is the world’s largest mobile platform connecting radio broadcasters around the world to listeners in the diaspora through call-to-listen mobile technology.

Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Haitian U.S radio audiences were asked a baseline question on climate change in their own language, in an effort to determine whether respondents view climate change to be real, and to assess the degree of the threat:

“Do you believe climate change is a major threat/ a minor threat/ of no real threat?”

The following are the key findings:

Results

Of U.S. diaspora communities polled, the large majority of respondents feel that climate change is a ‘major threat.’

• 84% of all Haitian-Creole listeners, 68% of Vietnamese-language listeners, and 64% of Punjabi-language listeners polled feel climate change is a ‘major threat.’

• Over 80% of all respondents view climate change to be ‘real.’

A greater percentage of the diaspora groups polled consider climate change to be a ‘major threat,’ than that of the American population as a whole. A Pew Research survey from 2013 reported that only 40% of Americans see global climate change as a ‘major threat.’

Relatively few respondents feel that global warming poses only a ‘minor threat,’ or ‘no threat at all.’

• Only 6% of Haitian diaspora respondents, 7% of Punjabi diaspora respondents, and 12 % of Vietnamese diaspora respondents indicated they feel climate change to be a ‘minor threat.’

• Only 6% of both Haitian diaspora and Punjabi diaspora respondents, and 7% of Vietnamese diaspora respondents indicated they feel climate change poses ‘no real threat.’

Participation rates, higher than industry standards, indicate eagerness of diaspora audiences to have their opinions heard on the issue.

• 2,924 Punjabi diaspora participated in our poll on climate change, representing a 42% response rate.

• Additionally, the survey yielded a 23% response rate from the Haitian diaspora, and 9% response rate from the Vietnamese diaspora.

From September 12-16th, the survey was conducted among 3,904 news attentive listeners, from three broadcasting stations: Radio Kiskeya (in Creole); Punjabi Radio USA (Punjabi); and Radio Saigon Houston (Vietnamese), with callers participating from across the U.S.

The survey was conducted using the AudioNow® Insights TM feature, a unique tool that enables audience research among participating broadcasters on the AudioNow platform. With exceptionally high audience response rates and cost efficiencies unavailable through traditional outbound polling, the service offers a window into opinions among the hardest to reach communities in the U.S.

AudioNow Announces Live Mobile Access to Social Good Summit in 5 Countries

September 16, 2014, Washington, D.C. – In preparation for this weekend’s Social Good Summit (SGS) at 92nd St Y in New York, AudioNow, the world’s leading call-to-listen provider connecting broadcasters to mobile listeners, announced today that phone numbers in five countries will be opened for listeners to hear the live broadcast of SGS in different languages.

Sponsored by the UN Foundation, Mashable, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, SGS is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. The theme this year explores how new media can be leveraged to create a better world by the year 2030. In an effort to open access to the conversation in key regions, AudioNow is providing phone numbers in Brazil, South Africa, Belarus, Morocco, and Dominican Republic.

Listeners can dial the following phone numbers on Sunday, September 21st, and Monday, September 22nd between 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The full program for the conference can be found here: http://mashable.com/sgs/agenda/

Brazil (English): +55. 214.042.1113
Belarus (Russian): +37.525.728.0764
Morocco(Arabic): +21.289.209.0100
Dominican Republic (Spanish): +1. 829.947.3933
South Africa (English): +27.105.904.602

“Our mission is to connect anyone to news that matters to them with just a simple telephone call,” said Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow. We’re thrilled to partner with the SGS on a core theme of the conference – expanding access to technology so that more people are engaged in the global conversation at the local level.”

Also this week, the new “UN Audio Channels” app powered by AudioNow Digital will be available on Android and iOS. Listeners can now hear UN Radio content from anywhere in the world on a smartphone – including information programs, news bulletins, feature stories, interviews, daily press briefings, and live coverage of many UN General Assembly and Security Council meetings. Listeners can choose to hear content in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For more information on AudioNow’s initiatives with SGS, please contact Alexandra Moe, Director of Strategic Partnerships at: Alexandra.moe@audionow.com.

——-
About AudioNow
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 2,000 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners, in 76 different languages, and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

Escuche a Canal 22 Internacional en cualquier teléfono móvil en EE.UU

15 de septiembre 2014, Washington, D.C.– Canal 22 Internacional, el Canal Cultural de México en Estados Unidos anunció hoy su colaboración con AudioNow, considerada como la mayor plataforma “Llamar para escuchar” del mundo, ello con el objetivo de ampliar su cobertura y su audiencia móvil en la Unión Americana.

Ahora y por primera vez, los televidentes de Canal 22 Internacional podrán escuchar su programación favorita desde su celular, sólo tienen que marcar al 712.432.7722 para acceder a los mejores contenidos desde México, a través de la plataforma de AudioNow, es importante mencionar que estas llamadas sólo utilizan los minutos disponibles para cualquier llamada, no se requiere acceso a Internet, teléfono inteligente o plan de datos.

Desde su lanzamiento en 2004, Canal 22 Internacional se ha convertido en difusor e impulsor de las artes nacionales y extranjeras, representa una verdadera opción para los públicos interesados en la libre reflexión y la crítica política, social y cultural. Actualmente cuenta con más de millón y medio de hogares suscritos, cerca de seis millones de televidentes potenciales y una distribución real del 100% del territorio de EE.UU. a través de DirecTV y los sistemas de cable local.

La alianza entre Canal 22 Internacional y AudioNow pondrá al alcance de todos, una selección de su programación más emblemática y popular entre las audiencias de la Unión Americana, ahora los televidentes que no puedan estar en casa para disfrutar de sus programas favoritos podrán escucharlos en su celular, actualmente se encuentran disponibles La dichosa palabra, La oveja eléctrica y La mirada de Guadalupe Loaeza y algunas emisiones especiales sobre gastronomía, ciencia y tecnología, con reconocidos invitados y expertos.

Orissa Castellanos, Directora de Canal 22 Internacional, afirma, “Nuestra misión es divulgar las mejores expresiones artísticas y culturales de México y el mundo, además de producir televisión de la más alta calidad. Nuestro objetivo es aumentar la cobertura de la señal para llegar al mayor número de televidentes entre la comunidad hispana que radica en Estados Unidos. AudioNow, con lo último en tecnología móvil y pericia, nos ayuda en eso.”

“Estamos emocionados de ayudar a las audiencias en Estado Unidos a acceder al entretenimiento diverso de Canal 22 Internacional en sus celulares”, dijo Natalie White, Gerente de Investigación de Mercados para AudioNow. “Sabemos que hoy el entretenimiento y la información son cada vez más móviles y globales y que la gente quiere escuchar.”

Para escuchar Canal 22 Internacional desde cualquier lugar en EE.UU., marque 712.432.7722.

Sobre Canal 22 Internacional

Canal 22 Internacional es un canal de arte y entretenimiento que lleva lo mejor de México a los hogares en Estados Unidos. Con una imagen sofisticada, el canal ofrece programación creativa y de calidad que acerca a las audiencias con sus raíces y origen en México. Desde galardonados documentales, biografías detalladas y películas mexicanas populares, a producciones originales y noticias locales, el contenido de Canal 22 Internacional está disponible a través de DirecTV (canal 446), Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-verse (canal 3022), Verizon Fios (canal 1646) Grande Communications, Wave Broadband y San Bruno Municipal Cable TV (canal 646), entre otros. Para más información, por favor visite www.canal22internacional.org.mx. Facebook: Canal México 22 Internacional Email: internacional@canal22.org.mx

Sobre AudioNow

AudioNow, con sede en Washington, D.C., es la principal plataforma en el mundo de “llamar para escuchar”. Con socios de transmisión en todos los continentes, AudioNow amplía el alcance de la radio, ya que conecta a los oyentes a través de sus móviles a sus estaciones de radio favoritas mediante una simple llamada telefónica. La plataforma AudioNow utiliza un diseño de voz “HD” de su propiedad y tecnología pendiente de patentar, que sirve a todas las plataformas móviles. AudioNow cuenta con más de 2.400 socios de transmisión, incluidos líderes mundiales tales como Naciones Unidas, BBC, RFI, la Voz de América, Entravision, C-SPAN e IMG College. En 2013 AudioNow entregó 2.000 millones de minutos de escucha en 76 idiomas diferentes a sus socios de transmisión y conectó a los usuarios a su plataforma 84 millones de veces.

Adventist World Radio Joins AudioNow

July 24, 2014, Washington, D.C.– Adventist World Radio, the official mission radio arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and AudioNow, the world’s leading call-to-listen provider, announced a partnership today to expand AWR’s audio content through its mobile platform in the United States.

The programs can be accessed through the following numbers:

AWR Amharic 712.432.9970
AWR Masai 712.432.9971
AWR Swahili 712.432.9972
AWR Vietnamese 712.432.9973
AWR Korean 712.432.9974
AWR Tagalog 712.432.9975
AWR Hindi 712.432.9976
AWR Spanish 712.432.9977
AWR French 712.432.9978
AWR Arabic 712.432.9979

Listeners can access AWR content by simply dialing the local access phone number on any landline or mobile device. The service does not require a smartphone or app and uses voice minutes rather than data plans.

Adventist World Radio broadcasts in nearly 100 languages worldwide. Rather than merely translating a generic, centralized English set of programs, the organization works with local producers – in about 70 studios around the world – who are from the same language and cultural groups as their target audiences. They create programs that are contextualized for their local listeners. The programs are designed for primarily non-Christian listeners; segments include short sermons, Bible lessons, interviews, and dramas. AWR also airs programming for children, medical-advice forums, discussions on family life, and musical presentations.

“Working with AudioNow fits within our core mission to broadcast to the hardest-to-reach people groups of the world in their own languages,” said Marvin King, Web Manager for Adventist World Radio. “Now, diaspora groups in the U.S. can be connected to AWR programs with just a simple telephone call.”

“This is an opportunity to connect local-language stories from ten key regions of the globe to mobile listeners who seek connectivity to AWR on any phone,” said Alexandra Moe, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AudioNow. “The partnership provides an easy bridge between popular programming and devoted audiences who are on the move.”

About Adventist World Radio

Adventist World Radio is the international broadcast service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its mission is to bring a message of hope to people in the hardest-to-reach places on earth, in their own languages. AWR currently transmits programs in nearly 100 major language via shortwave and AM/FM radio, on demand, and podcasts, which are produced in locally-operated studios. Its goal is to ultimately provide programs in the 200+ essential languages of the world. For more information, visit awr.org.

About AudioNow

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 2,000 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

BBC World Service and AudioNow announce mobile radio distribution agreement

BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio news bulletins are now available to listeners in the United States via the call-to-listen service, AudioNow.

The development means further extension of the availability of the multilingual content from BBC World Service on AudioNow’s radio distribution platform, adding to the radio programming from the BBC’s Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Somali, Swahili and Urdu services already hosted.

US-based French- and Hausa-speakers can now access BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa broadcasts on any mobile device by dialling a dedicated national number. While the service is free to callers in the US, listeners should check their mobile phone contracts for any additional charges.

BBC Head of Business Development for Sub-Saharan Africa, Joachim Harris, comments: “We are delighted that BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio programmes are now available to audiences in the US as a result of our agreement with AudioNow. The BBC has large audiences in Africa to its Hausa and French services. Now, thanks to this very welcome extension of our long-standing relationship with AudioNow, audiences in the US get a new flexible and convenient way to enjoy and benefit from the BBC Hausa and BBC Afrique audio news content.”

The addition of the BBC’s two more African language services to the AudioNow distribution platform builds on the success of the BBC Somali audio programming which draws over one million calls per month in the United States.

BBC Africa Editor, Solomon Mugera, adds: “This is a significant development in our commitment to serving our audiences wherever they are in the world. It’s a clear demonstration that with the right content in terms of relevance and quality, the audience will find you.”

Alexandra Moe, Director of AudioNow Strategic Partnerships, says: “We’re proud to extend the reach of BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa to diaspora audiences here in the US. High-quality news from across Francophone Africa, Nigeria, and beyond, is now available to anyone at any time through a simple telephone call.”

For BBC Afrique, listeners can call 712 432 9959 to tune in to the news programmes such as BBC Matin, BBC Midi, and BBC Soir. For BBC Hausa listeners, 712 432 9967 is the number for accessing the daily news bulletin, Takaitattun Labarai.

For more information please contact:

BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova – lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

AudioNow – Alexandra Moe – alexandra.moe@audionow.com

Notes to Editors

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 192 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 256 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favourite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

Voice of America U.S. Numbers

Afaan Oromoo 213.992.4245
Africa English 213.992.4368
Amharic 213.493.0122
Armenian 857.232.0064
Bangla 712.432.6868
Burmese 213.992.4250
Cantonese 213.493.0285
Creole 213.493.0190
Dari 213.493.0209
Dari Afghanistan 712.432.4407
French 213.493.0191
Hausa 213.992.4230
Indonesian 857.232.0113
Khmer 857.232.0067
Korean 712.432.6805
Kurdish 213.992.4345
Lao 857.232.0056
Mandarin 213.493.0288
Ndebele 712.432.5885
Pashto 213.493.0210
Pashto Afghanistan 712.432.4408
Persian 213.493.0185
Portuguese 712.432.5820
Shona 712.432.5882
Somali 231.460.1083
Spanish 231.460.1093
Swahili 213.493.0181
Thai 857.232.0076
Tibetan 857.232.0074
Tigrigna 213.493.0272
Turkish 213.992.4346
Urdu 213.493.0211
Vietnamese 213.493.0225

Studio Tamani in Mali Partners with AudioNow

May 27, 2014, Washington, D.C. – Hirondelle USA, a U.S. non-profit organization supporting independent media in post-conflict areas and AudioNow, the world’s largest call-to-listen provider, announced today that news and debate programming from the Swiss NGO Fondation Hirondelle’s radio program in Mali, Studio Tamani, can now be heard on any mobile phone in the U.S., France, and UK through AudioNow’s call-to-listen service.

The programs can be accessed through the following numbers:

United States: (712) 432-7105

France: 01.80.14.43.56

UK: 033.00.10.22.11

Listeners can access Studio Tamani content by simply dialing the local access phone number on any landline or mobile device.  The service does not require a smartphone or apps and uses voice minutes rather than data plans.

“Working with AudioNow enables us to reach Mali’s diaspora in central hubs like the U.S., France and England, and extends the dialogue between Mali and its diaspora through easy to use technology,” says Anne Bennett, Executive Director of Hirondelle USA.  “This initiative fits with Tamani’s mission, which is to provide a platform for dialogue and reconciliation for the people of the country.”

In an effort to provide critical and credible news and information in Mali by locally trained journalists, Studio Tamani was established in 2013 as part of a partnership between Fondation Hirondelle and URTEL (Malian Union of Free Radio and Television Stations).  Tamani’s live discussion program debating topics of the day – “The Grand Dialogue” – is one of its most popular shows and is featured “on-demand” through AudioNow.   Studio Tamani’s daily programs are produced at its editorial hub at the Maison de la Presse in Bamako, and news bulletins are broadcast in French, Bambara, Peulh,Tamasheq, and Sonrhaï  on a network of 24 partner radios throughout the country.

“For Malian diaspora living outside of Mali, our platform provides a high-quality connection to on-the-ground news, updates and features,” says Alexandra Moe, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AudioNow.  “This project will help expand the reach of Studio Tamani well beyond Mali, and we’re thrilled about our partnership with Fondation Hirondelle.”

Studio Tamani is the first of the Fondation Hirondelle ‘s projects in Africa to join the AudioNow platform.  Radio Ndeke Luke (Central African Republic); Radio Okapi (in partnership with the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in DRC); Cotton Trees News (Sierra Leone) will be the next projects available on call-to listen, along with a suite of individual mobile apps.  Combined, the Fondation Hirondelle radio stations reach 30 million people, and are specifically dedicated to delivering impartial information in times of crisis, in some of the world’s most hazardous areas.

For more information about Studio Tamani and Hirondelle USA please contact Anne Bennett at: abennett@hirondelleusa.org.  At AudioNow, please contact Alexandra Moe at: alexandra.moe@audionow.com.

—–

About Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss non-profit organization that works to promote the right to information through the creation of or support to independent media in divided societies and countries coming out of conflict.  It currently manages media projects in 7 Africa countries, playing an important role in promoting reconstruction, peace and the emergence of democratic societies.

Hirondelle USA, a US 501c3, supports this work by raising funds, creating opportunities for technical innovation and research, and developing programs that enhance the ability of Hirondelle media to report on issues of important to the populations they serve.

About AudioNow

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,700 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners, in 76 different languages, and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

 

Bible Broadcasting Network Now Available on Mobile Phones in U.S.

April 24, 2014 – Washington, D.C. AudioNow, the world’s leading call to listen provider, and the Bible Broadcasting Network, the global Christian radio network, announced today that audio content from BBN’s English and Spanish-language programming is now accessible on any mobile phone in the U.S. through AudioNow.

Listeners can hear 24-hour live shows from BBN English and Spanish, including nationally-recognized programs such as “Love Worth Finding” with Dr. Adrian Rogers at 9:30 a.m. ET, and “Insight for Living” with Chuck Swindoll at 10:30 a.m./ 6:30 p.m. ET.

The programs can accessed through the following U.S phone numbers:

BBN English: 712.432.7155
BBN Spanish: 712.432.7165

“Working with AudioNow enables us to connect to those who may not have access to expensive phone plans, but want to stay connected to BBN no matter where they are,” said Jeff Apthorp, Chief Information Officer at Bible Broadcasting Network. “We’re looking forward to expanding our mobile footprint through this partnership.”

Founded in 1971, Bible Broadcasting Network is a non-profit, listener-supported network headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. BBN owns and operates 44 full-power stations and 87 low-power translators in 31 states, as well as AM and FM radio stations in 14 countries of North and South America. BBN broadcasts around the world full-time via online streaming in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, and Russian. Combined, these stations reach over 200 million people.

“Working with BBN is a proud moment for AudioNow and reflects our unique ability to extend the reach of faith-based broadcasters,” said George Cernat, Chief Marketing Officer. “Listeners can have at their finger tips their favorite daily sermons or inspirational programs by simply dialing a phone number at their convenience.” The service does not require a smartphone or mobile app and it uses voices minutes rather than data plans, making it the least expensive way to access such content. There is no surcharge for the call.

For BBN Spanish, popular daily programs now available on AudioNow include: “El Amor que vale,” y “Tesoros de la Palabra con Dr. Adrian Rogers” at 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET. And “Vision Para Vivir con Dr. Chuck Swindoll and Carlos Zazueta” at 10:30 a.m. ET.

For information about AudioNow or their partnership with Bible Broadcasting Network, contact George Cernat at: George.cernat@audionow.com.

BBC World Service and AudioNow announce mobile radio distribution agreement

BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio news bulletins are now available to listeners in the United States via the call-to-listen service, AudioNow.

The development means further extension of the availability of the multilingual content from BBC World Service on AudioNow’s radio distribution platform, adding to the radio programming from the BBC’s Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Somali, Swahili and Urdu services already hosted.

US-based French- and Hausa-speakers can now access BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa broadcasts on any mobile device by dialling a dedicated national number. While the service is free to callers in the US, listeners should check their mobile phone contracts for any additional charges.

BBC Head of Business Development for Sub-Saharan Africa, Joachim Harris, comments: “We are delighted that BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio programmes are now available to audiences in the US as a result of our agreement with AudioNow. The BBC has large audiences in Africa to its Hausa and French services. Now, thanks to this very welcome extension of our long-standing relationship with AudioNow, audiences in the US get a new flexible and convenient way to enjoy and benefit from the BBC Hausa and BBC Afrique audio news content.”

The addition of the BBC’s two more African language services to the AudioNow distribution platform builds on the success of the BBC Somali audio programming which draws over one million calls per month in the United States.

BBC Africa Editor, Solomon Mugera, adds: “This is a significant development in our commitment to serving our audiences wherever they are in the world. It’s a clear demonstration that with the right content in terms of relevance and quality, the audience will find you.”

Alexandra Moe, Director of AudioNow Strategic Partnerships, says: “We’re proud to extend the reach of BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa to diaspora audiences here in the US. High-quality news from across Francophone Africa, Nigeria, and beyond, is now available to anyone at any time through a simple telephone call.”

For BBC Afrique, listeners can call 712 432 9959 to tune in to the news programmes such as BBC Matin, BBC Midi, and BBC Soir. For BBC Hausa listeners, 712 432 9967 is the number for accessing the daily news bulletin, Takaitattun Labarai.

For more information please contact:

BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova – lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

AudioNow – Alexandra Moe – alexandra.moe@audionow.com

Notes to Editors

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 192 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 256 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favourite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio news bulletins are now available to listeners in the United States via the call-to-listen service, AudioNow.

The development means further extension of the availability of the multilingual content from BBC World Service on AudioNow’s radio distribution platform, adding to the radio programming from the BBC’s Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Somali, Swahili and Urdu services already hosted.

US-based French- and Hausa-speakers can now access BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa broadcasts on any mobile device by dialling a dedicated national number. While the service is free to callers in the US, listeners should check their mobile phone contracts for any additional charges.

BBC Head of Business Development for Sub-Saharan Africa, Joachim Harris, comments: “We are delighted that BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio programmes are now available to audiences in the US as a result of our agreement with AudioNow. The BBC has large audiences in Africa to its Hausa and French services. Now, thanks to this very welcome extension of our long-standing relationship with AudioNow, audiences in the US get a new flexible and convenient way to enjoy and benefit from the BBC Hausa and BBC Afrique audio news content.”

The addition of the BBC’s two more African language services to the AudioNow distribution platform builds on the success of the BBC Somali audio programming which draws over one million calls per month in the United States.

BBC Africa Editor, Solomon Mugera, adds: “This is a significant development in our commitment to serving our audiences wherever they are in the world. It’s a clear demonstration that with the right content in terms of relevance and quality, the audience will find you.”

Alexandra Moe, Director of AudioNow Strategic Partnerships, says: “We’re proud to extend the reach of BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa to diaspora audiences here in the US. High-quality news from across Francophone Africa, Nigeria, and beyond, is now available to anyone at any time through a simple telephone call.”

For BBC Afrique, listeners can call 712 432 9959 to tune in to the news programmes such as BBC Matin, BBC Midi, and BBC Soir. For BBC Hausa listeners, 712 432 9967 is the number for accessing the daily news bulletin, Takaitattun Labarai.

For more information please contact:

BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova – lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

AudioNow – Alexandra Moe – alexandra.moe@audionow.com

Notes to Editors

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 192 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 256 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favourite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio news bulletins are now available to listeners in the United States via the call-to-listen service, AudioNow.

The development means further extension of the availability of the multilingual content from BBC World Service on AudioNow’s radio distribution platform, adding to the radio programming from the BBC’s Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Somali, Swahili and Urdu services already hosted.

US-based French- and Hausa-speakers can now access BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa broadcasts on any mobile device by dialling a dedicated national number. While the service is free to callers in the US, listeners should check their mobile phone contracts for any additional charges.

BBC Head of Business Development for Sub-Saharan Africa, Joachim Harris, comments: “We are delighted that BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa radio programmes are now available to audiences in the US as a result of our agreement with AudioNow. The BBC has large audiences in Africa to its Hausa and French services. Now, thanks to this very welcome extension of our long-standing relationship with AudioNow, audiences in the US get a new flexible and convenient way to enjoy and benefit from the BBC Hausa and BBC Afrique audio news content.”

The addition of the BBC’s two more African language services to the AudioNow distribution platform builds on the success of the BBC Somali audio programming which draws over one million calls per month in the United States.

BBC Africa Editor, Solomon Mugera, adds: “This is a significant development in our commitment to serving our audiences wherever they are in the world. It’s a clear demonstration that with the right content in terms of relevance and quality, the audience will find you.”

Alexandra Moe, Director of AudioNow Strategic Partnerships, says: “We’re proud to extend the reach of BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa to diaspora audiences here in the US. High-quality news from across Francophone Africa, Nigeria, and beyond, is now available to anyone at any time through a simple telephone call.”

For BBC Afrique, listeners can call 712 432 9959 to tune in to the news programmes such as BBC Matin, BBC Midi, and BBC Soir. For BBC Hausa listeners, 712 432 9967 is the number for accessing the daily news bulletin, Takaitattun Labarai.

For more information please contact:

BBC World Service Group Communications – Lala Najafova – lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk

AudioNow – Alexandra Moe – alexandra.moe@audionow.com

Notes to Editors

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 192 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 256 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favourite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013 AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.

VOA Programming is Now Available in U.S. by Mobile Phone

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Voice of America has signed a new agreement with the leading digital call-to-listen platform, AudioNow, to provide VOA programming inside the United States. The new agreement expands an on-going relationship between VOA and AudioNow, which already distributes programming from VOA in 34 languages by phone.
“We are delighted that for the first time in its 72 year history VOA broadcasts will now be available inside the United States,” said VOA Director David Ensor. “There are so many people in diaspora communities in this country who want to hear news in their own language, and we can provide it.”
People in the United States can dial a U.S. area code and a seven-digit phone number and hear the same audio from VOA radio or television programming that they once received in their home country.
Sample access numbers for VOA programming on AudioNow are as follows:
Amharic213.493.0122
Creole213.493.0190
Somali231.460.1083
Vietnamese213.493.0225
The Somali diaspora in Canada, Norway, and Sweden have received VOA programs through AudioNow for several years. In April, AudioNow tracked over 500,000 calls to its two phone numbers for VOA Somali in Canada. Calls averaged about twenty minutes.
“We have had a huge success reaching a Somali-speaking audience outside the United States via AudioNow,” said Abdirahman Yabarow, Chief of VOA’s Somali Service. “Our Somali audience in Canada and other countries listens to our programs by phone because they know that they can trust VOA broadcasts.”
The Voice of America’s agreement with AudioNow sets a new course for VOA, following the U.S. Congress’ amendment of legislation in January 2013 that had prohibited VOA from providing programs in the United States for most of the 72 years it has been on the air. The agreement also gives AudioNow the potential to offer a U.S. audience all 46 of the languages broadcast by VOA.
“Our mission is to connect anyone, anywhere to the news that matters with just a simple telephone call,” said Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow. “We’re very proud of our long partnership with VOA, whose programs play a tremendous role in informing and engaging audiences around the world.”
The Voice of America is a multimedia international broadcast service providing programming in 46 languages on radio, television, the Internet, live streamed audio and video, over social media platforms, and through more than 2,300 media outlets worldwide. It broadcasts approximately 1,800 hours of programming to an estimated audience of 164 million people each week. VOA is funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013, AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.
For more information about this release, contact the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959, or write to publicrelations@voanews.com. For more information about AudioNow, please contact Rebecca Walker at (202) 621-2223 or rebecca.walker@audionow.com

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Voice of America has signed a new agreement with the leading digital call-to-listen platform, AudioNow, to provide VOA programming inside the United States. The new agreement expands an on-going relationship between VOA and AudioNow, which already distributes programming from VOA in 34 languages by phone.
“We are delighted that for the first time in its 72 year history VOA broadcasts will now be available inside the United States,” said VOA Director David Ensor. “There are so many people in diaspora communities in this country who want to hear news in their own language, and we can provide it.”
People in the United States can dial a U.S. area code and a seven-digit phone number and hear the same audio from VOA radio or television programming that they once received in their home country.
Sample access numbers for VOA programming on AudioNow are as follows:
Amharic 213.493.0122
Creole 213.493.0190
Somali 231.460.1083
Vietnamese 213.493.0225
The Somali diaspora in Canada, Norway, and Sweden have received VOA programs through AudioNow for several years. In April, AudioNow tracked over 500,000 calls to its two phone numbers for VOA Somali in Canada. Calls averaged about twenty minutes.
“We have had a huge success reaching a Somali-speaking audience outside the United States via AudioNow,” said Abdirahman Yabarow, Chief of VOA’s Somali Service. “Our Somali audience in Canada and other countries listens to our programs by phone because they know that they can trust VOA broadcasts.”
The Voice of America’s agreement with AudioNow sets a new course for VOA, following the U.S. Congress’ amendment of legislation in January 2013 that had prohibited VOA from providing programs in the United States for most of the 72 years it has been on the air. The agreement also gives AudioNow the potential to offer a U.S. audience all 46 of the languages broadcast by VOA.
“Our mission is to connect anyone, anywhere to the news that matters with just a simple telephone call,” said Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow. “We’re very proud of our long partnership with VOA, whose programs play a tremendous role in informing and engaging audiences around the world.”
The Voice of America is a multimedia international broadcast service providing programming in 46 languages on radio, television, the Internet, live streamed audio and video, over social media platforms, and through more than 2,300 media outlets worldwide. It broadcasts approximately 1,800 hours of programming to an estimated audience of 164 million people each week. VOA is funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013, AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.
For more information about this release, contact the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959, or write to publicrelations@voanews.com. For more information about AudioNow, please contact Rebecca Walker at (202) 621-2223 or rebecca.walker@audionow.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Voice of America has signed a new agreement with the leading digital call-to-listen platform, AudioNow, to provide VOA programming inside the United States. The new agreement expands an on-going relationship between VOA and AudioNow, which already distributes programming from VOA in 34 languages by phone.
“We are delighted that for the first time in its 72 year history VOA broadcasts will now be available inside the United States,” said VOA Director David Ensor. “There are so many people in diaspora communities in this country who want to hear news in their own language, and we can provide it.”
People in the United States can dial a U.S. area code and a seven-digit phone number and hear the same audio from VOA radio or television programming that they once received in their home country.
Sample access numbers for VOA programming on AudioNow are as follows:
Amharic 213.493.0122
Creole 213.493.0190
Somali 231.460.1083
Vietnamese 213.493.0225
The Somali diaspora in Canada, Norway, and Sweden have received VOA programs through AudioNow for several years. In April, AudioNow tracked over 500,000 calls to its two phone numbers for VOA Somali in Canada. Calls averaged about twenty minutes.
“We have had a huge success reaching a Somali-speaking audience outside the United States via AudioNow,” said Abdirahman Yabarow, Chief of VOA’s Somali Service. “Our Somali audience in Canada and other countries listens to our programs by phone because they know that they can trust VOA broadcasts.”
The Voice of America’s agreement with AudioNow sets a new course for VOA, following the U.S. Congress’ amendment of legislation in January 2013 that had prohibited VOA from providing programs in the United States for most of the 72 years it has been on the air. The agreement also gives AudioNow the potential to offer a U.S. audience all 46 of the languages broadcast by VOA.
“Our mission is to connect anyone, anywhere to the news that matters with just a simple telephone call,” said Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow. “We’re very proud of our long partnership with VOA, whose programs play a tremendous role in informing and engaging audiences around the world.”
The Voice of America is a multimedia international broadcast service providing programming in 46 languages on radio, television, the Internet, live streamed audio and video, over social media platforms, and through more than 2,300 media outlets worldwide. It broadcasts approximately 1,800 hours of programming to an estimated audience of 164 million people each week. VOA is funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013, AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform.
For more information about this release, contact the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959, or write to publicrelations@voanews.com. For more information about AudioNow, please contact Rebecca Walker at (202) 621-2223 or rebecca.walker@audionow.com