Bulgarian National Radio ups Turkish service broacasting

- Radio service to broadcast news and other programs in Turkish twice a day.

SOFIA  (AA) - Bulgaria's national radio broadcasting organization, BNR, has announced it will increase its Turkish service broadcasting time to three hours a day, one month after it switched off its Turkish language service transmitters.

The decision comes into effect on Tuesday.

The service's new program schedule states there will be news and other programs in Turkish twice per day (midday and evening) for a total of three hours.

BNR officials have allowed the radio to broadcast on the FM band in the city of Kardzhali in the southeast of the country.

Studies have also been conducted in the city of Shumen to improve and provide broadcast over the FM band.

The country's Turks and Muslims who live in the northeast and southeast region are believed to have renewed their medium-wave transmitters in order to receive the radio signal and Turks and Muslims in the northwestern city of Vidin have also raised the capacity of their transmitters to get improved coverage.

- Solution found

BNR switched off its medium-wave transmitters in the provinces of Kardzhali, Razgrad, Shumen and Targovishte in January.

The move comes after Senol Goka, General Director of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) met Radoslav Yankulov, Director General of BNR, in Bulgaria to discuss the problems the Turkish service was facing and find a solution.

BNR'S international service, Radio Bulgaria, broadcasts in 11 languages including Bulgarian, Albanian, English, French, German, Greek, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish.

There are 588,318 Turkish-origin inhabitants in Bulgaria according to the 2011 census results, which corresponds to 8.8 percent of the population, making it the country's largest ethnic minority. 

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