Wednesday, May 17, 2006

BBC Indonesia to broadcast live from Jakarta

A couple of weeks ago, some of us at Maverick dropped by the BBC Indonesia office.

We were warmly welcomed by Sastra Wijaya, Desk Editor, Indonesian Section who’s just being relocated to Indonesia after his posting in England. BBC Indonesia aims to deliver credible news from around the world and the country. In the near future, BBC Indonesia expects to conduct live report from Jakarta as a way to deliver local news promptly.

Currently, BBC Indonesia has partnerships with several radio stations in Indonesia, such as Radio Elshinta Jakarta and Radio Global Bali to broadcast their live report daily From England at certain times. According to Sastra, BBC Indonesia is interested in covering the topics of current affairs, human interest and lifestyle. Once, they invited Indonesian musicians to their station and had their performance live on the radio, Glenn Fredly was one among them who was being interviewed in the station.

In the spacious office Sastra shared BBC’s routine: it begins with their morning meeting to discuss what’s news for the day, job allocations for the reporters and also the live broadcast workflow from London to Jakarta. They then assign their reporters to cover the important events.

Also at our meeting was Edwin Shri Bimo & Henry Sianipar - Indonesian Service Producer who took us on a short tour on the new office and 2 broadcasting rooms. BBC Indonesian section comprises seven reporters, two expatriates -- Rachel and Becky -- as the news gatherer and producer respectively. Rachel will soon complete her tenure in Indonesia after her 3-year stay in Jakarta.

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