What happened after the BBC Seychelles Relay Station closed earlier this year?
BY PROF. DR. WOLFGANG H. THOME, ETN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT | AUG 19, 2014
For many visitors to the Seychelles’ main island of Mahe, the transmission masts of the BBC’s Indian Ocean Short Wave Relay Station on Grand Anse are a fixture. It is a place they remember from driving by when enroute to or from their resorts or taking a drive across the island.
Information from Victoria speaks of bids being invited for equipment from the offices and stores although it is not entirely clear if the landmark masts will remain in place or be dismantled, then shipped elsewhere or perhaps sold as scrap metal.
Also open is the question as to what will happen to the prime land although suggestions have been made that the site may be developed as it is close to the Grand Anse beach. Time for visitors to Mahe to take perhaps that one last look and picture before sooner or later this landscape feature is gone.
BBC Seychelles relay station to close in March 2014
The decision to close the site has been taken due to changing commercial and technological circumstances. As countries develop and their media markets open, listening and viewing habits have changed. New technology has changed the way audiences listen to BBC programmes and reduced the importance of shortwave broadcasts in much of the area currently served by the IORS, making the IORS commercially unviable.