There Will be No More Shortwave Broadcasts in English for South East Asia area as from October 30, 2011

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Today I received email from DW Costumer Service about The English Service Deutsche Welle.

Dear friend of Deutsche Welle,

You have been listening to the DW-RADIO/English program for a long time and we hope that Deutsche Welle will remain a frequently used source of information for you also in future. Much to our regret we have to inform you that there will be no more shortwave broadcasts in English for your area as from October 30, 2011. The live stream will also be terminated. But DW-RADIO/English will still be available via the satellite AsiaSat 3S. And on our web site www.dw-world.de you will find a large attractive offer.

We would like to explain to you our reasons for deciding to largely discontinue shortwave transmissions of our radio broadcasts. The worldwide rise of the internet, mobile reception and media convergence have transformed methods and habits of communicating. DW and all other international broadcasters have to ride these changes. Shortwave is nowadays rarely used in most regions of the world, with the sole exception of Africa. As a result, the English shortwave broadcasts outside of Africa will be discontinued as from October 30, 2011.

However, DW will still be at your side to provide you with quality information. We are committed to strengthening our internet offer, TV programming and playout on mobile devices. We believe this is the best way for us to continue offering you strong, high-quality information.

We very much hope you will stay with us.

Yours sincerely,
DW Customer Service

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