|THE GLOBAL BROADCASTING GUIDE
Winter 2002-2003 edition
Editor: Simon Spanswick
GBP 7 postpaid worldwide airmail
(GBP 5.5 in the UK)
Also available from the BBC Shop
Published twice a year, the GBG is now in its seventh year, and declares itself to be "the definitive index of English language international broadcasting, and "a unique directory of every radio station that broadcasts internationally on shortwave radio in English".
GBG further advises that some of these broadcasters originate programming in countries other than where they are based, for example, CNN International has a major news gathering operation in London, so some of the programming is made there, rather than n the Atlanta headquarters. Similarly, CNBC Europe is based in London, but takes some programming from the USA and other CNBC operations around the world.
About the AIB and "how to use the Guide" (13 pages)
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A pull-out form is provided for ordering subscriptions of the Guide and other products, including "The Channel" - AIB's glossy broadcasting industry magazine.
As an inexpensive Guide, this "ready reference" would admirably serve the needs of people not wishing to spend large amounts on large annual references, and who only wish to know about English broadcasts. An audit of the data revealed a high order of accuracy, apart from some minor typographical errors.
If I was going on one of my overseas excursions tomorrow, I would certainly take the Guide with me!
FOOTNOTE: the Association for International Broadcasting is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. It is the professional trade association for the cross-border broadcasting industry, and has no share-holders. Income generated is used to promote international broadcasting, supporting the needs of the industry.