Al-Bayan (radio station)

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Broadcast areaSyria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan
First air date2015
FormatReligious, news, talk, terrorist propaganda
OwnerIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Al-Bayan (Arabic: البيان‎) is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL's) official radio station,[1] 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.[2]

Sample from an English-language news bulletin broadcast in April 2015 on al-Bayan

Originating from Mosul, 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.[3][4][5] Al-Bayan's reporting on ISIS military operations has been referenced by the Associated Press and the Washington Post.[6][7]

Al-Bayan went on-air in early 2015 with English-language news bulletins added to the multilingual programming lineup in April of that year.[8][9] 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.[10] English-language news bulletins are delivered by an American-accented, male newsreader and datelines are read in the Islamic calendar.[3]

Known frequencies (October 2016) are: Iraq: Mosul 92.5/99.3 FM; Syria: Raqqah 99.9 FM;[11] Libya: Darnah 95.5 FM (irregular), Benghazi 94.3 FM (irregular).[12] The station in Mosul was reported to have gone off-air after an air strike on it in late February 2017 as part of the Battle of Mosul.[13] Iraqi forces discovered the station in March 2017 in an upscale western Mosul neighborhood they captured. ISIS had burnt it down before fleeing.[14]

Sister stations[edit]

In February 2015, ISIL captured a radio station called "Makmadas" in Sirte, Libya. It is unclear whether that station is still under ISIL management.[15] 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.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A News Agency With Scoops Directly From ISIS, and a Veneer of Objectivity". The New York Times. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Islamic State launches English-language radio news bulletins". Daily Telegraph. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sharma, Swati (4 June 2015). "Islamic State has an English-language radio broadcast that sounds eerily like NPR". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  4. ^ Hinhant, Lori (1 June 2015). "The ISIS Station Targeting Foreign Recruits Sounds Like NPR". Business Insider. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Thanks for listening to ISIS radio in English". Public Radio International. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ Murphy, Brian. "Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas attack outside Muhammad cartoon show". Washington Post (5 May 2015). Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  7. ^ Maamoun, Youssef (23 May 2015). "Islamic State Group Radio Claims Saudi Arabia Mosque Suicide Attack". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  8. ^ Withnall, Adam (18 January 2015). "Isis to launch first 24-hour online TV channel featuring British hostage John Cantlie and flagship show 'Time to Recruit'". The Independent. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  9. ^ "ISIS launch English-language radio bulletins". Al-Arabiya. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Interview with Charlie Winter". BBC Radio 4. 12 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Al Bayan Frequencies in Syria".
  12. ^ "Al Bayan Frequencies in Libya".
  13. ^ "Air raid silences IS radio station in Iraq's Mosul".
  14. ^ "Iraqi troops stumble on Daesh media tentacle in Mosul". Agence-France Presse. Gulf News.
  15. ^ Mosendz, Polly (13 February 2015). "ISIS Takes Over Radio Station in Libya, Reports Say". Newsweek. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  16. ^ Vella, Matthew (15 October 2014). "Islamic State to launch Sat-TV station in Libya – Herald". Malta Today. Retrieved 6 June 2015.

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