BBS TV has finally got its own place after squeezing in with the radio for over ten years. Well-done BBS! Especially the engineering guys who are always the unsung heroes of BBS. And of course the new management for seeing this project through after so much of initial delays.
The event made me recollect another historic moment for BBS that occurred exactly 23 years back - on June 2, 1986.
It was on that day that BBS became “BBS” in place of Radio NYAB. I am sure very few people in BBS would know this. So just for the record, it was the day when BBS got its own 5KW RIZ transmitter commissioned. Until then Radio NYAB was riding on the waves of the Wireless Department’s 400W BEL transmitter (a military piece made of pure iron that would give electric shock from all its parts when it was ON).
On June 2, 1986 we bid goodbye to Radio NYAB. Dasho Karma Lethro, who was the deputy minister of communications & tourism inaugurated the station and was the first voice to go on-air from the new transmitter. Late Dasho Rinzin Dorji was the director of information (that included BBS, Kuensel and DSCD), Mrs. Louise Dorji was the head of BBS and Mr. Sangay Tenzing (now DG of Roads) was the station engineer. I was a junior engineer back then - one of the sixteen staff members.
So when you consider technician working with electric shock giving transmitters, RJs talking from that cold, stinking and haunted studio and reporters dishing out hand-written news bulletins, we must be proud of BBS with its new state-of-the-art master control room and satellite uplink facility. I am told the production studios are air-conditioned.
Not bad, right? We always think so low of ourselves. It is about time we Bhutanese hold our chin high and boldly move to the future.