Bermuda Broadcasting

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The Bermuda Broadcasting Company is the largest broadcasting company in Bermuda. Sometimes abbreviated locally as "BBC", it is not related to the BBC in the United Kingdom. A commercial, for-profit broadcasting company since its beginning in the 1950s, the chairman is Fernance B. Perry.

The Bermuda Broadcasting Company owns radio stations and TV stations using the call letters "ZFB" and "ZBM".[1] The ZBM callsign in particular is one of the oldest in Bermuda - this callsign has been used since 1953 for an AM radio station, since 1962 for an FM radio station, and was also used, beginning in 1958, for the first Bermudian television station, which gave Bermudians their own TV station after years of watching a TV channel intended for American servicemen stationed at Kindley Field. ZFB was originally the callsign for the radio and TV stations of the Capital Broadcasting Company from 1965 to 1984. The BBC also maintained a website, http://www.bermudabroadcasting.com, but it is no longer online.[2]

In 2008, in the wake of labour unrest and amidst a staff shake-up at the broadcasting company, Fernance Perry told the Royal Gazette that the firm's future outlook is "bright".[3] The following year, a strike by 40 unionised employees in April, 2009, halted all programming at the company's radio and television stations for four days. Perry said that changes in work rules and staff pay were needed "to help a financially ailing company". The work stoppage was settled and normal operations resumed on April 21, after government mediation.[4]

Radio[edit]

  • Bermuda Spirit, formerly ZFB-AM, on 1230 kHz (transmitter power: 1 kW),[5] local, religious, adult contemporary mix
  • ZFB-FM (as "Power95 Stereo FM") on 94.9 MHz (ERP: 1 kW) since 1971, urban/reggae format
  • ZBM-AM on 1340 kHz (transmitter power: 1 kW) beginning in 1953,[5] mostly news/talk format, with some music programming
  • ZBM-FM (as "FM89") on 89.1 MHz (ERP: 15 kW) since 1962,[5] predominantly adult contemporary format.[1]

Television[edit]

  • ZFB-TV, VHF ch. 7, is the affiliate station for ABC; however, when ZFB used to be part of the Capital Broadcasting Company (no relation to the owners of WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina), the TV station broadcast on ch 8.
  • ZBM-TV VHF ch 9, is the affiliate station for CBS; however, when ZBM originally began broadcasting in 1958, it used to be on ch. 10. Both channels are carried on Bermuda cable television.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bermuda stations". Radio Station World. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to the BBC website". Bermuda Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  3. ^ Wright, Alex (July 10, 2008). "Future is bright at ZBM, says Perry". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ Dale, Amanda (22 April 2009). "Minister outlines BBC back-to-work agreement". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  5. ^ a b c Forbes, Keith A. (31 March 2010). Bermuda News Media "Bermuda News Media". Bermuda Online. The Royal Gazette. Radio Stations. Retrieved 2010-01-27.