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2ME History

The history of 2ME

Radio 2ME, Australia’s first and only 24-hour commercially-owned and -operated Arabic language radio began broadcasting to Sydney and the surrounding metropolitan region 25 October 1996 on frequency 1638 kHz AM.

2ME commenced broadcasting in Melbourne August 1998 on the same frequency. Both transmissions are programmed to cater to Australia’s largest growing demographic - coined Australia’s “Forgotten Audience”- by media analysts.

Radio 2ME is recognized as the largest Arabic language broadcaster in the Southern Hemisphere and was chosen by The BBC in London to be its provider of World Service to Arabic speakers in Australia.

Radio 2ME broadcasts national via satellite. 2ME now has regular listeners in Perth, Darwin, Brisbane and also Adelaide.

Radio 2ME has correspondents throughout the Middle East, with daily news updates from Beirut in Lebanon, and regular news reported from Jerusalem, Cairo, and Amman.

Radio 2ME supplies Arabic programming to the international airlines for the In-Flight entertainment. Currently Brunei Airlines and Gulf Airlines are using this service on 2ME.

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