Polish Radio External Service

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Polish Radio External Service
Type international broadcasting
Country  Poland
Availability global
Owner Polskie Radio
Key people
John Beauchamp (English Service Editor)
Launch date
Former names
Radio Polonia, PR5
Official website
http://external.polskieradio.pl/, http://thenews.pl

Polish Radio External Service (till January 2007 as Radio Polonia) (Polish: Polskie Radio dla Zagranicy) is the official international broadcasting station of Poland.

Polish Radio External Service (PR ES) is a part of Poland’s public radio network - Polish Radio. Its aim is to broadcast programs on developments in Poland, Polish foreign policy, the economy, business and foreign investments. Polish Radio External Service provides objective and impartial information about Poland and its stance on international affairs. It shows Polish society, its daily life as well as scientific and cultural achievements. Polish Radio External Service ended their English language shortwave broadcasts in 2012 and announced that they would be ceasing all shortwave transmissions on October 27, 2013 from which point they will only be broadcasting over the internet and through partnerships such as the World Radio Network.[1]


  • 1936 – Polish Radio launches shortwave broadcasts of brief programmes in English and Polish
  • 1945 – after the end of World War 2, the shortwave channel Warszawa III resumes external broadcasts
  • 1959 - Polish Radio starts broadcasting in Esperanto
  • 1990 – Polish Radio starts broadcasting for Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
  • 2000 – Radio Polonia begins daily Real Audio broadcasts in several languages via the World Radio Network
  • 2007 - Radio Polonia changed name into Polish Radio External Service
  • 2012 - English language shortwave transmissions end.
  • 2013 - Remaining shortwave services close on October 27.
  • 2014 - Polish Radio External Service changed name into Radio Poland


Polish Radio External Service broadcast 11 hours a day in seven languages: Polish, English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Belarusian. There was also a weekly Yiddish-language broadcast called "new waves". Shortwave transmissions were reduced between 2007 and 2012 and by 2013 PRES was broadcasting two times a day with programmes in Polish, Belarusian and Russian. On October 27, 2013, all shortwave transmissions ceased and PRES became an online only entity.

Polish Radio External Service brings:

  • news bulletins
  • news analysis
  • press reviews
  • correspondent’s dispatches
  • interviews and discussions
  • features


Listeners in Europe can tune in via satellite on Eutelsat 13 E, 10892 MHz, FEC 3/4, SR 27500, Horizontal, PID audio 0119

Polish Radio External Service can be heard in English on the World Radio Network (WRN) through terrestrial relays, on cable and via satellite.

On cable: PR ES in English is also available to 4.5 million homes on cable in London, Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Vienna, Strassburg, Geneva, Tokyo, Washington D.C. and many other cities. You can also hear it on hotel cable in the Netherlands and Hong Kong.


  • "Radio Poland - English Service" (English)

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  • "Radio Poland DAB+" (Belarusian, English, Ukrainian, Russian)

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  • "Radio Poland East" / "Радио Польша" (Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian)

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WRN satellite relays[edit]

  • Europe

In English WRN Europe Eutelsat 28A 28.5°E SKY digital
In English WRN English Hot Bird 13°E, 12.597 GHz

  • North America

In English Telstar 5 97° W, 12.177 GHz, pol. V

  • Asia, Australia

In English AsiaSat 100.5° E, 4.000 GHz, European Bouquet package

  • Africa

In English PanAmSat 4 68.5° E, Multichoice package

WRN terrestrial relays[edit]


In English:
  • America - short wave - 9395 kHz (Okeechobee, Florida, azimuth 181°, 100 kW) - Global 24 Radio via WRMI (19:00-20:00 UTC)


In Belarusian:
  • Belarus, Lithuania - medium wave - Radio Baltic Waves 1386 kHz (Sitkunai, Kaunas County, Lithuania, 75 kW) (20:00-21:00 UTC - in winter & summer)
  • Lithuania - Vilnius - Radio znad Wilii 103.8 FM
  • Poland - Gdansk, Katowice, Kielce, Kraków, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Szczecin, Torun, Warsaw, Wroclaw - Radio Poland DAB+ (15:30-16:00 CET)
In English:
  • Ireland – RTE Radio 1 Extra (Sunday 19:00-20:00 local time)
  • Poland - Gdansk, Katowice, Kielce, Kraków, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Szczecin, Torun, Warsaw, Wroclaw - Radio Poland DAB+
  • United Kingdom - London - Radio Spectrum DAB ONE (19:00-20:00 local time)
In Polish:
  • Lithuania - Vilnius - Radio znad Wilii 103.8 FM (18:30-19:00, 23:00-23:30 local time)
  • Ukraine - Lviv - Radio Nezalezhnist 106.7 FM (18:30-19:00 local time)
In Russian:
  • Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia), Lithuania - medium wave - Radio Baltic Waves 1386 kHz (Sitkunai, Kaunas County, Lithuania, 75 kW) (17:00-17:30 UTC - in winter & summer)
  • Poland - Gdansk, Katowice, Kielce, Kraków, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Szczecin, Torun, Warsaw, Wroclaw - Radio Poland DAB+
  • Russia - Moscow - WRN Russian 738 kHz (Kurkino, North-Western Administrative Okrug of Moscow, 5 kW) (03:30-04:00, 06:00-06:30, 09:00-09:30, 12:30-13:00, 15:30-16:00, 18:00-18:30, 20:00-20:30, 22:00-22:30 local time)
In Ukrainian:
  • Poland - Gdansk, Katowice, Kielce, Kraków, Lodz, Opole, Poznan, Szczecin, Torun, Warsaw, Wroclaw - Radio Poland DAB+ (19:30-20:00 CET)
  • Poland - Rzeszow, Tarnow, Subcarpathian Voivodeship - Radio Rzeszow 90.3 90.5 96.4 99.2 102.0 102.9 103.7 106.7 FM (Tuesday-Friday 01:05-01:35 CET)
  • Ukraine - Berdiansk, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Chernyhiv, Dnipropetrovs'k, Donetsk, Drogobych, Ivano-Frankivs'k, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Konotop, Kotovsk, Kramatorsk, Kremenchuk, Kryvyi Rih, Kyiv, Lubny, Lutsk, Lviv, Lysychansk, Mariupol, Melitopol, Mykolaiv, Nikopol, Odessa, Pology, Poltava, Rivne, Romny, Shostka, Sumy, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, Vinnytsya, Volodarka, Zaporizhzhya, Zhytomyr - Radio Era (Kyiv) (19:30-20:00 local time)

North America[edit]

In English:
  • Canada – CBC Overnight
  • United States – KUAZ, Phoenix; National Public Radio; SIRIUS digital radio for drivers; WBFO, Buffalo; WCPN, Cleveland; WDET, Detroit; West Virginia Public Radio Network; WLRN, Miami

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