Internet kills BBC English shortwave

The BBC has ended its English-language shortwave broadcasts this week, the NY Times reports.

I stopped listening to shortwave years ago, so I did not know that BBC broadcasts to the U.S. and Australia ended in 2001. If I do listen to BBC or Radio Australia, I listen through internet streaming. So do most others.

But modern modes of communication have been squeezing out shortwave services in Western countries, where programming is available on FM radio, on the Internet and on iPods with wireless connections.

Broadcasts in other languages in Africa and Asia continue.

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