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Program types in the PTY mode
Short accounts of facts, events and publicly
expressed views, reportage and actuality.
Topical program expanding or enlarging
upon the news, generally in different
presentation style or concept, including
documentary debate, or analysis.
Program whose purpose is to impart advice
in the widest sense, including
meteorological reports and forecasts,
consumer affairs, medical help, etc.
Program concerned with any aspect of
Program intended primarily to educate, of
which the formal element is fundamental.
All radio plays and serials.
Programs concerned with any aspect of
national or regional culture, including
religious affairs, philosophy, social science,
language, theatre, etc.
Programs about the natural sciences and
Used for mainly speech-based programs
usually of light-entertainment nature, not
covered by above categories. Examples
are: quizzes, panel games, personality
interviews, comedy and satire.
Commercial music, which would generally
be considered to be of current popular
appeal, often featuring in current or recent
record sales charts.
Contemporary modern music, usually
written and performed by young musicians.
(Middle of the Road Music). Common term
to describe music considered to be “easy-
listening”, as opposed to Pop, Rock or
Classical. Music in this category is often but
not always, vocal, and usually of short
duration (<5 min.).
Classical Musical for general, rather than
specialist appreciation. Examples of music
in this category are instrumental music, and
vocal or choral works.
Performances of major orchestral works,
symphonies, chamber music, etc., including
Musical styles not fitting into any of the
above categories. Particularly used for
specialist music, of which Jazz, Rhythm &
Blues, Folk, Country, and Reggae are