Radio Kiribati is a public radio station owned and managed by the Broadcasting & Publications Authority (BPA), a Kiribati Government entity. It began operations in October 1954.
While the government provides funding for infrastructure, it is run as a commercial station and most of its revenue comes from advertising. It also charges government bodies that wish to have programmes broadcast by the station.
Radio Kiribati’s programmes cater to the general population of Kiribati; its programming is 75 percent in the local language (I-Gilbertese) and 25 percent in English, all of which is locally produced. The station also relays live sittings of the House of Parliament which are held twice a year.
Radio Kiribati transmits via a 10kW AM transmitter located on the Tarawa atoll and operates an FM station (250W) on Kiritimati Island. BPA also relays the BBC World service through an FM station (FM100) on Tarawa. Radio Kiribati reaches almost all residents of Kiribati.
Radio Kiribati is the principal means of communicating information on what is happening in Kiribati and abroad, apart from a bi-weekly paper published by BPA. BPA has 45 employees.