Royal Edict On the 21st day of the 7th month of the Water Monkey Year corresponding to 1 October 1992, His Majesty the King issued
a Royal Edict delinking the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) from the Ministry of Communications to give it the flexibility to grow in professiolism and to eble it to be more effective in fulfilling its important responsibility to society.
In keeping with the Royal Edict, from 1 October 1992, BBS was established as an autonomous corporation governed by an editorial board comprising representatives of the government, media professiols, scholars and eminent citizens.
Radio in Bhutan
Radio Broadcasting was started by a group of young volunteers, known as the tiol Youth Association of Bhutan (NYAB) in November 1973. The station was operatiol only on Sundays with 30 minutes of news and music. The NYAB club office was transformed to radio studio on weekends. The 400-watt transmitter was rented from the local telegraph office. The station was called Radio NYAB.
In 1979, the Royal Government recognizing the importance of the radio for development communication, incorporated the station under the Ministry of Communications.
In 1986 with the commissioning of a 10 KW short-wave transmitter and a small broadcast studio, Radio NYAB was remed as Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS). Daily broadcasting was introduced with three hours of programming.
In March 1991, BBS acquired its permanent seat in Chubachu, Thimphu, and a 50kw short-wave transmitter.
In June 2000, BBS introduced FM radio service for western Bhutan with the iuguration of the main FM station at Dobchula and one relay station at Takti in the south. The FM service was extended to central Bhutan in January 2001 and the rest of the country in 2005.
In August 2007, a 100 KW short-wave transmitter with digital radio mondale (DRM) capability was commissioned. With this, the Bhutanese population is able to listen to very high quality reception through short wave radio. It will also allow BBS to choose between classical amplitude modulation (AM) alogue channel or DRM operation, which will make it possible to broadcast around the globe with crystal clear reception in near FM quality.
BBS radio broadcasts for 24 hours daily in 4 languages (Dzongkha, Sharchop, Lhotsamkha and English).
Television in Bhutan
BBS TV was launched on 2 June 1999, coinciding with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the corotion of His Majesty the Fourth King. It started with a daily one hour broadcast in Dzongkha and English in Thimphu .
Live TV service was made available for Phuentsholing and Paro in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Described as the most important event in the history of electronic media in Bhutan, the BBS launched its tionwide television service on satellite in February 2006. With the tionwide expansion on satellite, BBS TV will be available not only in Bhutan but also in the region. The sigl can be received in almost 40 other Asian countries – from Turkey in the West to Indonesia in South East Asia .
BBS TV broadcasts for five hours daily from 6 to 11pm, with 30 minutes of news and announcements at each hour in Dzongkha (6 to 8 pm and 9 to 10 pm), and English (8 to 9 pm and from 10 to 11 pm). Various programmes and documentaries in both languages are telecast during the five hours of TV broadcast every evening. The same is rebroadcast the next morning from 6 to 11 am. Three additiol hours of entertainment programmes and live music request shows are broadcast on weekend afternoons from 3 to 6 pm.