Al-Bayan (radio station)
is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America
|Broadcast area||Syria, Iraq, Libya|
|Format||Religious / News / Talk|
|Owner||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Al-Bayan (Arabic: البيان) is Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant‘s (ISIL’s) official radio station, based in Iraq, owned and operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which broadcasts at 92.5 on the FM dial. The station airs a news/talk format and broadcasts in the Arabic, Kurdish, English, French, and Russian languages.
Originating from Mosul, Iraq, al-Bayan programs have been credited with being “highly professional and slickly produced” and have been compared to NPR and the BBC for tone and quality. Al-Bayan’s reporting on ISIL military operations have been referenced by the Associated Press and the Washington Post.
Al-Bayan went on-air in early 2015 with English-language news bulletins added to the multilingual programming lineup in April of that year. The station offers a wide range of programming including nasheed, Quran recitations, speeches, Fiqh, language instruction, and interview shows, interspersed with regular news bulletins and field reports from al-Bayan correspondents in Iraq and Syria. English-language news bulletins are delivered by an American-accented, male newsreader and datelines are read in the Islamic calendar.
Known frequencies (October, 2016) are: Iraq: Mosul 92.5/99.3 FM, Syria: Raqqah 99.9 FM / Libya: Darnah 95.5 FM (irregular), Benghazi 94.3 FM (irregular). The station in Mosul was reported to have went off-air after an air strike on it in late February 2017 as part of Battle of Mosul. Iraqi forces discovered the station in March 2017 in an upscale western Mosul neighborhood they captured. ISIL had burnt it down before fleeing.
In February 2015, ISIL captured a radio station called “Makmadas” in Sirte, Libya. It is unclear whether that station is still under ISIL management. An ISIL-owned satellite television station and a powerful radio station on 94.3 FM, also based out of Sirte and operating under the brand name “Al-Tawheed,” began broadcasting the previous October. Radio Al-Tawheed (former Libyan Jamahiriya Broadcasting Corporation transmitter) have 10 kilowatts output power and is received in Europe via sporadic E propagation.