International Public Access Radio (IPAR): Public Broadcasting Service Airtime
IPAR (International Public Access Radio) offers airtime on a public broadcasting service platform using our mainstream World Radio (Shortwave) and AM/MW frequencies and via Internet streaming audio at special low rates. If you have a regular daily program of 15 minutes or more, airtime may be reserved on any available frequency with powers of 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 kW to Europe and any country in the World.
Broadcast on your own Public Radio station
On Shortwave, you can join our International Public Radio Service at any time. If you already have a public interest, talk, feature or news radio program, or are broadcasting on non-commercial radio on a local or national radio station we can carry (relay) your program on our International Public Radio network.
International Public radio reaches new horizons, internationally. Most of our programs reach across the digital divide into regions in the world that are not covered by Internet, digital, satellite, or other radio or TV terrestrial broadcasting service. We reach conflict zones, across Internet firewalls, and countries, where there is no freedom of speech or freedom of press or information, is censored or in tight control of governments.
We use a wide range of directional and omnidirectional antennas to cover any preferred target area worldwide with a powerful signal that can be received with small, portable, inexpensive radio receivers, that may also be battery or solar cell operated. From time to time, we may also have available slots on satellite radio & TV covering local, national or international audiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Pacific.
International Public Access Radio (IPAR): a service to small program producers
According to the European Commission: “Fake news” proliferate, disinformation threatens democracy and efficient governance.
There is empirical evidence that false news is spreading significantly faster, deeper, and more broadly than the true ones. An MIT study found that the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to 1,000 – 100,000 people, whereas the true ones rarely reached more than 1,000 people.”
Since 1979 NEXUS-IBA has been supporting Free Media, Free Speech, Free Press, Freedom, Pluralism of Information, First-Hand news with a strict policy against fake news or misinformation on our radio stations, TV and on internet streaming channels. We – as well as most of our broadcasters – offer unique and first-hand information, not otherwise available on other Internet or local stations, without government, corporate, religious or any other type of censorship.
Freedom of speech on World Radio
Since 1988, and especially in times of regional war, peace, political, social or religious instability, our programs have been heard across the digital divide, iron curtains, firewalls, jamming and government censorship (i.e. Russia & Eastern Europe, ex-Yugoslavia, Middle East, China, Asia and in many African countries) as a first-hand, independent and unbiased source of information.
Reporting Human rights violations in Asia & Africa
Similar political situations exist still in some countries and may affect people rights to free access to information in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. For example, millions of people living in certain areas of East and West Africa, have limited access to uncensored information in their local languages (i.e. Oromo, Hausa, Amharic, Bambara, Yoruba, Igbo, Arabic, English). In Cameroon, journalists have been jailed on charges of ‘fake news’ and right to free speech is seriously undermined in many countries. Free speech is not allowed on local radio, TV, and the Internet is often blocked or censored by some governments, or in war or regional conflict zones.
Shortwave radio is still the only media that can reach any country from far away, with no such limitations to free speech imposed by regional or national governments. All programs on our radio stations and any media channel that we operate are broadcasted worldwide or to target countries “as-is”, without any censorship. We also promote first-hand information on our broadcast media channels and over the Internet. We support Net Neutrality and globally distributed audio and video delivery via our WorldDirector network to allow indiscriminate and free flow of information over the Internet and to any country.
Public Radio Broadcasting on Global Shortwave radio
Are you or your organisation under the restriction of broadcasting any legitimate radio or TV program to a country under a dictatorship or authoritarian regime, perhaps where a crackdown on journalists silences the Free Press, and fundamental freedoms are at stake every day?
Is your audience under strict Internet control, Internet firewalls or censorship, or in a country that does not grant fundamental democratic rights and the right to peaceful protest? Do you wish to get a non-violent message of hope across any region in the World exercising your own freedom of expression, that is granted by the constitutions of most Democratic Countries where we operate from?
Then contact us and learn how you can broadcast your own radio program on IPAR (International Public Access Radio) on Shortwave and online streaming.
International Public Access Radio Targets
NEXUS-IBA has been working with international organisations like the United Nations and UNESCO, and other NGOs to get their message across any boundary, literally flying over countries and territories and landing to your desired target from abroad. We are using very powerful transmitters and highly directional antennas located outside the target country, that cannot be controlled or blocked by authoritarian or dictatorial regimes.
All radio and TV programs originated from our transmitters on behalf of any program producer, international organisation or radio station are aired unabridged, as-is, without any censorship, to most areas of the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific in English, German, French, Spanish and any other local language or dialect.
On Shortwave, satellite and via Internet streaming we can reach with a strong signal, often, bypassing internet firewalls & local government censorship, any country in the world, including:
Any specific target in the World may be reached using powerful Shortwave transmitters up to 300 kW and directional antennas; on World streaming radio 24/7 and on AM / Medium Wave (in Europe) we can reach local communities in any language. On satellite radio & Television we can also use anti-jamming satellites, which are not controlled by International organisations who are a friend to dictatorial or oppressive regimes.
What type of program can I broadcast on IPAR?
If you are a non-religious (individual) small radio program producer, you have access to special rates and slots in our media.
Since 1979 our dedication to the concept of free expression and freedom of speech through our microphones has remained unchanged, with a policy of non-interference in content, except in cases where it may violate the Italian or European law.
As a result, our programming is quite diverse and includes everything from music to religion, international news and public affairs, philosophy, culture, human rights, women, talk-radio, politics, business features, science and technology, music and old radio drama.
Do you have a podcast or radio program that could interest an international (global) audience? Join our IPAR Public Radio network today!
In which languages does IPAR broadcast?
Although most of our broadcasts are in English, we occasionally broadcast also in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Irish, Russian and other vernacular languages.
The ITU estimates that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the Internet. In Africa, only approx 35.2 % of the population (Dec. 2017 data) has Internet access, according to Internetworldstats.
Using (analogue) Shortwave Radio, we outreach across the digital divide in Africa, where Shortwave is still a viable and cost-effective media, both from the broadcaster and listener point of view. Analogue Shortwave receivers are available starting at US$ 30 online and less (US$ 5-10) on-street market prices in Africa. Some Christian organisations are providing listeners in Africa with free-of-charge bulk radio receivers, that are operated by a rechargeable battery, solar cells or hand crank dynamo, that also provide emergency flashlights and can recharge mobile phones where there is no electricity available (Crank Dynamo Solar Emergency Shortwave Radio Receivers).
Besides Arabic, French and English we aim our broadcasts to listeners in Africa speaking the Oromo (50 million people), Amharic (17 million) or Swahili language (120 to 150 million) in East Africa, as well people across the borders of Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin speaking Igbo (24 million people), Yoruba (19 million), Hausa (18.5 million), Pidgin English (4 million), Kanuri (3 million), Ijaw (2 million), Fulfulde (1.7 million), Ibibio (1.5 million) and Edo (1 million).
When and where will be my program broadcast?
IPAR uses high power broadcasts through the facilities of NEXUS-IBA and IRRS-Shortwave. We offer broadcasters and program producers a single point of contact via our Network Control Centre (NCC) for relaying services to Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, America. We can reach as far as Australia and the Pacific with the power of 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 kW on Shortwave, as well as on AM / Medium Wave in Europe. Depending on the type of antenna used, the effective radiated power (ERP) will be up to several million watts!
We also offer Internet radio streaming services, and can use your web radio or TV signal, and bundle it with our WorldDirector service that may circumvent censorship operated by countries that are blocking Internet access.
IPAR programs have dedicated slots on our programming, usually separate from Christian programs, and often on different frequencies. IPAR programs are currently aired on Shortwave and AM/Medium Wave to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. However, listeners in other parts of Africa, Asia, Pacific or the Americas may pick up our signal via live internet streaming or on the air whit favourable propagation to those areas.
All programs are also aired on our streaming channels live 24/7. Our members are welcome to use our players on their websites or link to our pages for live streaming of our programs.
How to start your own radio station
Whether you wish to reach your global targets on Shortwave, Satellite or wish to set-up your own local radio station, we can help you in building your 24/7 streaming radio channel. Even if only less than 50% on average in the world has decent and low-cost Internet access, using our stations and streaming media at the same time can be a cheap and effective way of reaching a large segment of the population in urban and rural areas.
Owing or starting your own radio station can be challenging. Streaming, as well as using NEXUS-IBA Shortwave facilities, can be very cost-effective and help you reach your desired target area or population very quickly.
International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR)
Shortwave radio broadcasting can also be used in case of disaster and helps deliver humanitarian assistance to populations that may be dispersed over a large area, often unreachable by other means of communication. In cooperation with the HFCC and other international organisations, dedicate Shortwave (HF) frequencies have been set aside to be used in case of emergency.
NEXUS-IBA is prepared to set up any emergency broadcasts on Shortwave, with very fast turn-around time. Audio programs can be delivered live or as MP3 files, without using satellite links.
International Radio for Disaster Relief comes to the help of local community stations and international relief or humanitarian organisations to support communities in times of natural disasters and emergencies.
I am a Christian radio program producer, can I air via IPAR?
NEXUS-IBA supports freedom of religion, and we promote the freedom of any individual or community in any country to manifest their religion or belief in worship, practice, teaching and observance without government influence or intervention.
Like many people and most of the nations, we support freedom of religion and consider it to be a fundamental human right.
If you are a Christian or religious program producer, please check European Gospel Radio (EGR) for more information.
NEXUS-IBA helps religious broadcasters and Christian program producers fulfil their mission in reaching any audience worldwide, on radio, TV, satellite and the Internet.
Our media channels bridge the digital divide, reducing the disadvantage in accessing first-hand information freely and easily in the developing countries. We reach large audiences in Asia and Africa, especially on Shortwave radio and satellite TV, that cannot be reached by traditional digital media on the Internet.
International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR)
Humanitarian Aspects of HFCC Activities
I represent a non-religious organisation, can I air via IPAR?
IPAR is also available to nonprofit, non-commercial organisations with a turnover of less than €50,000 (or: US$ 50,000 for organisations based in the USA). You will have to send a signed form that you satisfy these conditions when you apply for IPAR airtime. Please notice that if you are an individual, non-religious program producer, you do not have to submit such a form.
NEXUS-International Broadcasting Association is an association of broadcasters and independent program producers and is officially recognised as a United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). For more information, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership is open to all broadcasters and program producers, in any language, with no discrimination.
Cost of airtime at IPAR rates will be billed by special agreement by our sponsors Milano Ventures Ltd.