Al-Bayan (radio station)
|Broadcast area||Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan|
|Language(s)||Arabic, Kurdish, English, French, Russian and other languages|
|Format||Religious, news, talk, terrorist propaganda|
|Owner||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant |
First air date
Al-Bayan (Arabic: البيان) was the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL's) official radio station, based in Iraq, owned and operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which broadcast at 92.5 on the FM dial. The station aired a news-talk format and broadcasts in the Arabic, Kurdish, English, French, and Russian languages.
Originating from Mosul, al-Bayan programs were credited with being "highly professional and slickly produced" and were sometimes compared to NPR and the BBC for tone and quality. Al-Bayan's reporting on ISIS military operations had been referenced by the Associated Press and The Washington Post''. The station stopped broadcasts after ISIS lost most of its bases in Iraq and Syria.
Broacasts by ISIS resumed later from Sirte, Libya under the station name "Radio Al-Tawheed".
The first broadcast of Al-Bayan Radio was launched in late 2014, which initially provided newscasts, then some other programs were added in April 2015. The station offered a wide range of programming including nasheed, Quran recitations, speeches, Fiqh, language instruction, and interview shows, interspersed with regular news bulletins and field reports from al-Bayan correspondents in Iraq and Syria. English-language news bulletins were delivered by an American-accented, male newsreader and datelines are read in the Islamic calendar.
Known frequencies (October 2016) were:
The station in Mosul was reported to have gone off-air after an air strike on it in late February 2017 as part of the Battle of Mosul. Iraqi forces discovered the station in March 2017 in an upscale western Mosul neighborhood they captured. ISIS had burnt it down before fleeing.
In February 2015, ISIL captured a radio station called "Makmadas" in Sirte, Libya. It was nominally run by Ansar Al-Sharia in Lybia. It is unclear whether that station is still under ISIL management. An ISIL-owned satellite television station and a powerful radio station on 94.3 FM, also based out of Sirte and operating under the brand name "Al-Tawheed," began broadcasting the previous October 2014. Radio Al-Tawheed (former Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting Corporation transmitter) have 10 kilowatts output power and is received in Europe via sporadic E propagation.
The station operated in 2015 and 2016 before being overrun by Libyan forces.
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