After a run of 76 years, BBC Tamil Radio closed

Vastavam web:BBC, which is world reputed news, entertainment media organization has closed its airing of Tamil station from Sunday. The corporation has been closing some stations which are airing programs in regional languages for the past few years. Now Tamil station which is in the service for the past 76 years is closed.

Nearly 76 years after it was started on May 3, 1941, the broadcast had its last show on April 30. The short wave transmission broadcast, which became a daily programme from 9.15 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. in the 90s, initially began as a weekly programme. The radio broadcast then became a bi-weekly programme in the eighties.

“For people in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka who were keen to know more about current affairs and international news in particular and wanted to listen to it in a language they were comfortable with, the Tamil broadcast was a staple. The radio broadcast was always known for its objective reporting of the Sri Lankan civil war and had a lot of listeners from there,” said Sampath Kumar, a former correspondent with the BBC.