BBC World Service in Mexico?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2012 11:56 AM Last Post By: slujet
Oct 28, 2012 11:05 AM
Oct 28, 2012 11:20 AM
1No, Internet only. I believe that the only place would be some of the islands in the Caribbean. BBC re-broadcasts on some Mexican station, but in Spanish.
Oct 28, 2012 5:08 PM
2I've just about given up on short wave when I'm in Mexico. Last time I was able to get the BBC it was a rebroadcast from radio Australia. Short wave nowadays is mostly religious and right wing hate programming.
Oct 28, 2012 9:45 PM
3As mentioned, short wave radio is now very limited in scope from what it was ten years ago. I believe even RCI- Radio Canada International has left the air. Because of the nature of shortwave even ten years ago the programs would turn up on different frequencies, their airtimes varying enough to make your head spin and relegated to nighttime only. It was then infuriating on RCI when the announcer would give the score of the Toronto Hockey game after the second period, then sign off! (why not just give the final score of yesterday's game? They didn't have a clue.) We went on to enjoy Sirius satellite radio while west of Mexico City which had both CBC and BBC programming, coming in with the same digital clarity and stero sound as we have in the north. Their footprint is even farther south.
You will be able to get SOME English language shortwave, just maybe not what you're looking for. Yes, you can get it on your laptop with wifi. If you have a subscription, Sirius/XM is also available on the internet.
Oct 29, 2012 6:25 AM
4I have listened to the BBC for years on the net. But this summer I was going to a cottage in an isolated area of the near north of Ontario and decided to take along a small short wave radio. I was absolutely amazed that everyone serious had abandoned SW including, or especially, the BBC. The only national broadcaster coming in loud and clear was China and their broadcasting was all treacly soft propaganda stuff. There were still a lot of evangelicals trying to save my soul. I guess that with the net, this is inevitable but it is really disappointing for people myself who remember what SW was like thirty and more years ago.
Nov 2, 2012 12:07 AM
5The demise of shortwave has indeed left a gap. Ten years ago I sat on a Mexican beach and listened to Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, USA and a couple of other nation's broadcasts, all in English. World opinion was being expressed from many vantage points and those making the effort to hear this were able to see world problems as they were at that time without the 60 second word bites on television which did no justice to possible solutions. Informed world oppinion was out there, directions highlighted, but went unheeded. Where do we get such high calibre journalism now? It may be on the internet but finding that now is hard and getting harder. Have a fine trip.
Nov 3, 2012 11:56 AM
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