Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation

broadcasting corporation in mauritius
broadcasting corporation in mauritius

mauritius broadcasting corporation

mauritius broadcasting corporation

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation is the Republic of Mauritius’ public broadcaster, also known as MBC.

The corporation was formed in 1964, on June the 8th with the money coming from the commercials (40%) and TV license fee (600%).

Still, the money coming from advertising has been putting under pressure since 2002, once with the private commercial broadcasters’ introduction.

MBC1, MBC2, MBC3 are analogue channels and all part of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation. There are also the MBCDigital1, MBCDigital2, MBCDigital3, MBCDigital4, MBCDigital5 and MBCDigital6, digital channels, also part of MBC. In March 2011 two digital channels (new and terrestrial) were launched, called the Sports Channel and the Movie Channel.
More, a 24 hour news channel was also under discussion, the channel providing international, regional and local news. Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation has 5 radio stations: World Hit FM, Taal FM, Kool FM, RM1 ad RM2.The board of MBC control and administration has 7 members, the everyday management and control and policy execution are owned by the director general-also the corporation’s chief executive officer with a 500 employees establishment under direction.

The TV and radio programs have large range of subjects being broadcasted in Chinese, Creole, Hindustani, English and French. The programmes are obtained from suppliers of other countries with other produced by MBC. Mauritius Broadcast Corporation radio begins in 1927, on August 9, with Charles Jollivet and its 1 kilowatt radio transmitter, made by him and with medium wave as well as a microphone of carbon granule and 2 manual record payers.

The radio station had its location at Jollivet’s house in Beau-Bassin and it was called Radio Maurice. Later, it was transferred in Rose-Hill at Plaza Theatre. The everyday program was made of news, music and had two hours duration. In 1937, the second radio station was launched under Societe des Radiophilles aegis and P.Adam. First, its location was in Forest Side and then in Curepipe at Town Hall. A 60 watts Phillips transmitter made the broadcasting and it was used especially to send messages to Societe’s members. The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation story begins at the end of the World War II, when the government took the France Libre d’Outremer and mixed with Curepipe’s Societe des Radiophilles.

broadcasting corporation in mauritius

broadcasting corporation in mauritius

It represented the beginning of a national broadcasting station’s appearance and development. In 1944, on July the 1st the MBS (Mauritius Broadcasting Service) was launched as a department of the government public relations office. Dr. Vaughn (the information services’ head) and H. Ardill were the managers. There was a studio in Rose Hill at Plaza from where the transmissions were done but in 1946 the station moved its place at Forest Side – the PSC building now (Teachers’ Training College – then).

There were morning, midday and evening programmes segments, broadcasted every day with the help of a Short Wave transmitter, a second hand one and converted to one 225 m wavelengths medium wave. Almost in the same period, the ex government press service, the Globe Reuters News Service became an annex of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation.

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