15 Sep 2007

New radio service for Yahukimo district in Papua

9:52 am on 15 September 2007

People in the Yahukimo district of Indonesia's Papua region have welcomed the launch of a new radio station, Pikonane, in their area.

The Jakarta Post reports that the station was inaugurated Monday by State Minister for Disadvantaged Regions, Lukman Edi.

The radio station, which can be reached on 1278 kHz all day long, is run by Radio News Agency 68 H.

As well as news, Pikonane radio also broadcasts information of local interest on issues such as farming and health.

Minister Lukman said that he expected the new broadcasts to help educate the local population.

68 H, in cooperation with the Nusantara Media Development Association, distributed 1,500 radio sets to people in Yahukimo and Paniai.