History

Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) was started as Radio NYAB by a group of young volunteers belonging to the National Youth Association of Bhutan on 11th November 1973. In 1979, Radio NYAB was merged with the Information Department under the Ministry of information and Communications. BBS was then delinked from the Ministry as a public servicet hrough a Royal Kasho in 1992. Coinciding with the Silver Jubilee celebration of the reign of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, BBS Television service was launched on 2nd June 1999. BBS satellite service was launched on 20th February 2006, and in 2007 BBS installed a 100KW shortwave transmitter at Sangaygang, which enhanced coverage within Bhutan as well as to other countries. The construction of the new TV centre in 2008 gave a new face to BBS for the Television where the broadcast was moved to a file-based automation system. In 2012, BBS started the second TV channel for educational and entertainment purpose. In the same year, a second radio channel was also launched dedicated to transmission of news and programmes in the national language with the aim of promoting the National language, Dzongkha. Since then BBS Radio has progressed both in terms of coverage and time. One channel broadcast news and programming in three languages while the other channel features solely in National Language Dzongkha. Today BBS covers almost all the urban area and nearby rural areas through cable TV operators. BBS has come a long way in its technical and operational developments since then. The BBS signals were transmitted via satellite in 2006 and made it possible for BBS to strengthen its terrestrial transmission. Bhutan being a mountainous country with rugged terrain, coverage using terrestrial network was a big challenge. Now, with the inauguration of the South Asia Satellite Earth Station in Thimphu, BBS covers 100% of the country and reaches almost 47 countries through terrestrial transmission with DTH (Direct to Home) services. Beside Radio and Television services, news and programmes are also available on the BBS website http://www.bbs.bt. BBS Radio services are available on FM, SW and satellite services. Further BBS TV signal can be received in the Asia Pacific and southern Europe through GSAT and Asia Sat. Currently, BBS has 30 FM stations which cover about 80% of the country. For nationwide coverage of news and programme, BBS has 14 Bureau offices in 14 Dzongkhags including a regional bureau in Kanglung, Trashigang. However, Haa, Dagana, Punakha, Gasa, Trashi Yangtse and Lhuentse are either covered by the nearest bureau reporter or by reporters from the Headquarter. As the sole national broadcaster, the BBS is the biggest media house in Bhutan with maximum reach. However, more than seeing it as a monpoly, the BBS takes it as a responsibilty and strives to fulfill its mandate to inform, educate and entertain the viewers and listeners.

Vision:A Trusted Public Service Broadcaster of international standing reflecting the bhutanese Expression

Mission:Excellence in Broadcasting inspired by the value of gross national Happiness. Promoting the well-being equanimity and sense of community among the people of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Organogram

  • Mr.Tshering Wangchuk (CEO)
  • News and Current Affairs Department
    Mr.Tshering Wangchuk (CEO)
    • Radio News
      Mr.Ashok Tirwa (Chief Editor)
    • TV News
      Mr.Tandin Phuntsho (Chief Editor)
    • Current Affairs
      Mr. Sonam Rinchen (Executive Producer)
    • ENG
      Mr.Demba Tshering (Section Head)
  • Radio Department
    Mr.Kaka Tshering (GM)
    • Channel One
      Mr.Jaganath Sharma (Executive Producer)
    • Channel Two
      Mr.Sanagay Tenzin (Executive Producer)
  • Administration and Finance Department
    • Administration
      Mr.Ugyen Penjor (Manager)
    • Finance
      Mr.Pema Dorji
  • BBS 2 Department
    Mr.Tashi Dorji (GM)
    • Dzongkha
      Mr.Pema Tshering (Executive Producer)
    • English
      Mr.Drukpa Wangdi (Executive Producer)
    • Commercial
      Ms.Kiba (Manager)
    • Creative Unit
      Mr.Tenzin Dorji(Unit Head)
  • Engineeering Department
    Mr.Sherub Tharchen (GM)
    • Studio
      Mr.Thinley Dorji (Executive Engineer)
    • Transmission
      Mr.Ngawang Dorji (Executive Engineer)
    • IT
      Mr.Deo Kumar Pradhan (Section Head)