Radio station in Austria to feature content of Slovenia's public broadcaster

Ljubljana, 12 June - AGORA, a non-commercial radio station in the Austrian state of Carinthia which broadcasts largely in Slovenian, will from now on feature content produced by Slovenia's public radio broadcaster Radio Slovenija. A contract to that effect was signed on Tuesday by Radio Slovenija director Mirko Štular and AGORA manager Gabriel Lipuš.

Klagenfurt, Austria
Lindwurmbrunnen, the dragon's fountain, one of the landmarks of Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, which is home to a Slovenian ethnic minority.
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Radio Slovenija will provide AGORA with various shows designed for Slovenians livings outside the country, as well as with assistance for tech and speech training.

The radio stations will also have an option of giving joint initiatives to the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad, public broadcaster RTV Slovenija said.

Štular said on the occasion that Slovenians in Carinthia are an important community for Radio Slovenija and he is happy they can support it with their content on AGORA.

"We are aware of the importance of bringing information and news to Slovenians living in neighbouring countries in Slovenian, and of keeping in touch with contemporary spoken audio content produced in our media outlet," he said.

Lipuš believes the cooperation will enrich the radio programme for the Slovenian community in Carinthia and in southern Styria.

"The shows will provide an insight in cultural heritage, the spoken language and in current events, which will further boost mutual understanding and respect," he said.

AGORA is a multi-language radio station based in Klagenfurt which broadcasts 12 hours of programme daily in Slovenian, of which eight hours are produced by the Slovenian desk of Austrian public broadcaster ORF. Night shows are broadcast in German, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Russian, Hungarian, Spanish and English.

Two years ago, Radio Slovenija signed a similar contract with a Slovenian minority radio station in Hungary; Radio Monošter from the town of Szentgotthard/Monošter can thus access all Radio Slovenija shows, including the music archives, while it also gets Slovenian language training and other assistance.

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