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Japan committed to restore RRI Banda Aceh

September 15th 2005

The Head of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) in Aceh, Ahmad Prambahan, has revealed that the station has received a commitment from government of Japan to rebuild the RRI headquarters in Banda Aceh and restore its facilities. In addition, Japan will support the construction of relay stations in several cities in Aceh, including Subusslam, Sigli, Calang, and Meulaboh. Mr Prambahan also said that similar commitments have been received from government of Germany and the Aceh and Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR).

Last December's tsunami and earthquakes killed 26 RRI employees and destroyed several RRI buildings and facilities. In the immediate afermath of the tsunami, RRI Banda Aceh couldn’t broadcast for two days, but on the third days after the tsunami it went back on air through its relay station in Indrapuri. In February, RRI returned to its damaged headquarters in Banda Aceh.

(Source: Indonesia Tsunami Relief Portal)

Radio station in Southeast Aceh ceases operation

July 7th 2005

The Panglima Saudane radio station in Southeast Aceh district, Indonesia, has closed its operation due to damaged equipment and the fact that employees haven't received any payment. The radio is owned by the district government and operated under supervision of the district's Communication and Information Office.

"For the last five months we have been facing too many problems, from damaged equipment to unpaid workers," said Iswadi Pinem, the radio administration officer. "As there is no sign of better management, and when finally the radio transmitter broke down, we decided to fully ceased the radio operation," he added.

Iswadi hopes the district government can immediately provide funds for, at least, the repair of the damaged equipment. But he hopes the government can also pay the radio station workers monthly wages too, and provide necessary funding for long-term operation of the station.

Based on the district government decree released in January, the Kutacane-based radio station should receive regular funding from the Communication and Information Office. Unfortunately, since January the office hasn't provided any money. Previously, the radio operated directly under supervision of the district head.

(Source: [Indonesia Tsunami Relief Portal [[1] (])

TVRI continues to aid tsunami survivors

Indonesia’s national broadcaster, TVRI, is continuing to assist thousands of tsunami survivors camped inside its compound in the stricken city of Banda Aceh. A large park on high ground in the compound offered a safe haven after the tsunami struck on 26 December, prompting large numbers of people take refuge there. The park quickly became one of the largest refugee camps in the city. Now known as TVRI Camp, it houses about 5,000 people, who live in tents while waiting for local authorities to relocate them.

TVRI gives the refugees clean drinking water and uses one of its generators to provide them with electricity. Relief agencies help cater for their other needs. TVRI officials in Jakarta said assisting the refugees was placing a heavy strain on the broadcaster’s resources, and that conditions in the camp were far from ideal. But TVRI would continue to do all it could to help them. Aceh was the region worst hit by the tsunami. More than 125,000 people died in the province.

(Source: ABU)

68H radio gets Aceh award

The Aceh Art Council has given a Tsunami Award to 68H Radio News Agency for its contribution in radio repair efforts and news provision in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Aceh.

To date, the radio news agency has helped rebuild five radio stations in Aceh, which allowed the stations to broadcast post-tsunami stories and entertainment programs in Aceh. The agency has also developed its own news program called "Aceh News", aired over its 15 radio networks throughout Aceh.

The award was one of 31 awards presented by the Aceh Art Council to groups and individuals that contributed to Aceh in the aftermath of the disaster. In addition to the media, the awards were also given to volunteers and individuals. 68H Radio News Agency won the only category for radio.

(The Jakarta Post)

Emergency Broadcast Service for Post-Tsunami Aceh Established

Internews is working with the local media of the Indonesian province of Aceh to launch an Emergency Broadcasting Service that will get vital information to the people of Aceh whose media were destroyed or severely damaged by the tsunami.

Recently the BBC World Service reported that the hundreds of thousands of Acehnese affected by the earthquake and tsunami now have adequate food, water, and shelter, but they are desperate for information.

Aceh’s daily newspaper and some radio stations are back on the air in the capital of Banda Aceh, but the vast majority of the province is not aware what help is available from their government and from the international community.

As part of the Emergency Broadcasting Service, Internews is building the first of three production houses in Banda Aceh. Others will be built in Meulaboh and Lhokseumawe. Internews has assembled a team of radio journalists to produce a two-hour daily program that focuses on issues of health, hygiene, reconstruction, child protection, work programs, and other information that the aid community needs to communicate. Peuneugah Aceh (“News from Aceh”) will begin broadcasting March 7.

Internews is also working with First Voice International, the non-profit arm of WorldSpace Satellite Radio, to distribute digital radio receivers to each radio station on the air in remote areas of Aceh and to train local staff on how to operate them.

To help people come to terms with the trauma they have experienced in the last two months, the Emergency Broadcast Service will also be the venue for psycho-social programming. Internews will send a monitoring team around Aceh to talk to people about the program, and make adjustments to content as required.

Funds will also be used to provide stipends to journalists who are willing to go back to work and to the families of journalists who were killed in the tsunami.

Immediately after the tsunami, Internews supported Suara Aceh, a Banda Aceh emergency radio station set up by the Indonesian association of radio station owners. Internews supported other stations with equipment, and even some tents, so that journalists did not have to travel to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps every evening after work.

At the request of the United Nations, Internews managed cooperation between international relief agencies and the local media, and mapped media activity across Aceh. Internews facilitated the publication and broadcast of the names of missing people and the names of people who wanted their relatives to know that they had survived. The UN also asked Internews to coordinate the distribution of tens of thousands of small transistor radios.

The Emergency Broadcasting Service is being funded by grants to Internews from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the International Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries, and the Canadian International Development Agency.

For more information visit the Internews Web site (

BBC World Service resumes FM transmissions in Aceh

16 February 2022

BBC World Service is back on air on FM in Banda Aceh, Indonesia where it is now broadcasting in English as well as in Indonesian. Three other local radio stations in Aceh are re-starting BBC World Service FM broadcasts this week. Local radio stations and radio transmitters were virtually destroyed by the earthquake and Asian tsunami which struck the region on Boxing Day.

Menuk Suwondo, Head of the BBC Indonesian service, said: "People want to know what is happening both in Indonesia and in neighbouring countries which were hard hit by the tidal waves. It is important that people in Aceh know they are not alone and can see the global picture. Our local partner stations have told us that they need the BBC programmes back as soon as possible."

Before the tsunami struck four leading local FM stations rebroadcast the BBC Indonesian service programmes live. They are in Banda Aceh, Meulaboh, Lhokseumawe and in Sigli. The disaster destroyed most of their broadcast facilities and took away some of their staff. Homes, bridges and roads were destroyed by the tsunami. The lack of transport created extra logistical difficulties in restoring BBC World Service on FM broadcasts in Aceh.

Surviving radio journalists have transported the much-needed satellite dishes and receivers from the neighbouring provincial capital, Medan, to Aceh on local charter vans. "None of this could have been done without their help," said Menuk.

BBC World Service has also found a new partner station in central Aceh, a hilly part of the province which was relatively unaffected by the tidal waves. It has become one of the places where people from the affected areas have taken refuge.

Apart from providing FM partners with satellite dishes and receivers to relay the Indonesian service programmes, the BBC has also assisted some of them with radio production equipment such as microphones, programme mixers and computers. As many as 500 locally made receivers have been distributed across the refugee camps along the western coast of Aceh.

UNESCO Appeal for $600,000 Immediate Assistance to Restore Radio Broadcasting in Aceh

Programmes and projects relating to emergency relief and post disaster response in the aftermath of the Tsunami in Indonesia will have major difficulties if there are no effective communication channels available to disseminate information. UNESCO therefore launches an appeal for $600,000 for immediate assistance to restore radio broadcasting in Aceh, Indonesia.

The programmes and projects relating to emergency relief and post disaster response will have major difficulties if there are no effective communication channels available to disseminate information. The whole issue of reaching people in terms of food security, water, sanitary measures, health, nutrition, shelter and non-food items are virtually impossible without a channel to disseminate and communicate information. Radio is the most affordable operational medium in such situations.

However, the radio stations that existed in the affected areas of the Aceh province are no longer in a position to continue their operations. The initial assessment shows that 11 radio stations are damaged or destroyed. The four radio stations which existed in the Meulaboh area have been completely wiped out.

Therefore this initiative is proposed to restore radio broadcasting in Aceh with a view to support disaster communication in understanding the disaster relief efforts and supporting the psychological needs of displaced people by providing hope for survival and resurrection.

Partners in the implementation of the project will be UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), the Radio for Democracy Network, the Indonesian Association of Private Radio Stations (Persatuan Radio Siaran Swasta Nasional Indonesia - PRRSNI) and Districts in Northern and Western Sumatra.


  • Resumption of broadcasting of the affected local radio stations
  • Provide a temporary income to affected radio stations to meet the operational costs for a period of nine months
  • Provide 2000 battery operated radio sets for displaced people


Needs Assessment

  • Purchase and distribution of battery operated radio sets
  • Replacement/repair of destroyed/lost/damaged broadcasting equipment (transmission and production)
  • Provision of basic inputs to resume broadcasting operations
  • Financing direct operational costs of the radio stations for an initial period

Expected impact

  • Restored sustainable and affordable communication systems for those having been affected
  • An Enhanced vital information flow to ensure effective post disaster relief work
  • A temporary source of income provided to affected radio stations
  • Strengthened coordination on disaster preparedness and response

Contributions can be made to:

A/C N° 949-1-191558
Jp Morgan Chase Bank
International Money Transfer Division
4 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn
New York, NY 11245, U.S.A.
SWIFT : CHASUS33 ABA N° 0210-0002-1

68H RADIO/MDLF - Indonesia

Indonesian radio network 68H is already working on getting four stations in Aceh up and running. At MDLF, we're taking donations for 68H ( through our Digital Kiosk ( On Thursday, 6 January 2005, Radio News Agency 68H sent a radio technical team along with necessary equipment to rebuild radio stations destroyed in the tsunami in Nangroe Aceh Darussalam.

In Phase One, the first station to be re-established is Radio Prima, previously broadcast in Banda Aceh on 99,9 FM. At the same time, the 68H technical team will assist in the setting up of a community radio station to be managed by activists from Muhamadiyah. The aim of this initiative is to restore communications among the inhabitants of Banda Aceh and provide a means of healing and education post-disaster. 68H hopes that through the rebuilt radio stations, those living in Aceh can get information about their missing relatives.

In order to increase the effectiveness of the radio broadcasts, 68H plans to place radios and loudspeakers in 70 refugee centres in Banda Aceh. This will enable refugees to hear news about the situation in Aceh and elsewhere, especially important given that most radios were lost in the tsunami.

In Phase Two, 68H plans to rebuild Radio Dalka in Meulaboh, and Radio Megaphone in Sigli. As well as rebuilding radio stations, 68H is also concentrating efforts on building pump wells to access clean water. This clean water program is being funded by contributions from 68H listeners to our "We Care For Aceh" appeal.

The reconstruction of the four stations - Muhammadiyah and Prima FM in Banda Aceh, Dalka Radio in Meulaboh and Megaphone in Sigli – is being undertaken by 68H, an Indonesian news radio station. The US-based Media Development Loan Fund will bear the cost of repairs, estimated at US$130,000.

For more information, contact:
Santoso, Director 68H, 08111-49916

The Media Development Loan Fund has established a Web site to support Radio 68H’s post-tsunami relief effort. The site offers updated information on the reconstruction and how to contribute: [2] (

INTERNEWS - Indonesia

Might they have resources to help? Do they fancy adopting a devastated radio station or providing much needed new studio or field recording equipment for urgent information that needs to get out to people? Its disastrous: there is very little public info available in Aceh. In Meuloboh in the west, all 6 stations have been washed away. Our partners (5 of them) from Banda Aceh to Lhokseumawe are destroyed.

Internews Assists the Sole Radio Station Back on the Air in Aceh

(January 12, 2022) In the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, the only radio station back on the air since the devastating tsunami hit is being assisted by Internews with a “suitcase” radio transmitter that extends its coverage beyond the city. Most of the media outlets in Aceh were destroyed by the tsunami. Assistance is desperately needed to get stations and newspapers operating again and to help journalists who lost their livelihoods and homes.

Internews, which has been working with journalists in Aceh for six years, responded to the crisis by flying in a radio technical and program team, and two radio transmitters (“suitcase radio stations”) to the remote province.

Internews has also provided tape recorders and computer equipment to the new emergency radio station in Banda Aceh, “Suara Aceh” (Voice of Aceh), which has just begun broadcasting emergency health and relief aid information. Internews staff is also helping build an emergency media center in Aceh. An assessment team is meeting with radio, print and TV journalists from local media outlets and with the local branch of the new broadcasting commission to determine short- and long-terms needs for reconstructing the media there.

Serambi, the only daily newspaper in Aceh, is producing an 8-page emergency edition each day with a team of journalists who are back at work in locations across the province. Internews has brokered an agreement for the paper to provide information to the radio station, “Suara Aceh,” to make sure Serambi’s information – the most comprehensive available at this moment for Acehnese people – reaches more of the population.

Internews plans to install a second suitcase radio station in Meulaboh, southwest of Banda Aceh. Internews is also planning to set up small radio stations in the IDP (International Displaced Persons) camps in Aceh to help provide urgent information to the more than 400,000 people who may be living there for the next 1- 2 years. Inexpensive radio transistor sets, purchased by Internews, are being donated to the inhabitants of the camps.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as individual donors are currently funding Internews’ tsunami relief work. To contribute to the journalists support fund or Internews’ efforts to rehabilitate media, please send a check or money order to: Internews, P.O. Box 4448, Arcata, CA 95518 USA (designate “ER for Asia” or “Journalist Support Fund”). You can also donate online by going to and clicking on the “Donate Now through Network for Good” button.

Annette Makino
+1 (707) 826-2030 extensiom123
Tsunami Relief Fund for Journalists and Media Outlets (

Internews Indonesia Office

If your friends would like to help journalists they are more than welcome to do so - we would be so very grateful. We are sending teams out as I said earlier and will be seeking to assist local media, so if they would like to channel through us that would be fine - we have a Paris and Brussels office that can help facilitate.

"One other thing that could be extremely useful is the fully paid resources of people to come and help us rebuild - do you have engineers, studio technicians or even community radio gurus with excellent teaching and communication skills who could come, self sufficient and paid, to join our teams who will be working on this over the next few months? The task is huge, we could definitely use the help of confident, able folks who are able to work in difficult environments, without complaint, with enthusiasm and with an experienced international team of media development people - us at Internews! We have our own infrastructure out here in Indonesia - staff, office etc but will be looking for people to come in for short stints to help meet this enormous challenge."