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News Skill - Station Requests

We have just added four new stations to the default News Skill and it got me wondering what other stations we should add. So this is a thread for requests!

I’m particularly interested in channels for countries that aren’t yet represented.

It’s important to note that adding a station can only be done if they have a public feed we can access. So we can’t make any promises. Also, any links you can provide with your request will help us out immensely.

So, what radio news bulletins should we add?

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Unfortnaly Danish News streaming closed last year, and is only accesable from app. I have tryed to figure out how to get a stream url to latest news or a rss fead that provided the informaton. But no luck. So for now I dont think it is posible to get latest news in a stream.
I can find url to danish radio channels, but that is live streams and not only news.
Big thanks to right wing politicians who took away 25% of the financing to danish public service radio and TV :frowning:

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The only Dutch available stream I can find. NOS Journaal: http://news.nixxfm.nl:81/nieuws.mp3

Regards,
Ronald

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A nice and simple one, thanks :slight_smile:

I’ve added it to the Skill, it just needs to go through our standard process before it gets pushed out to devices. It will also be the default station for Netherlands based users if you just say a general “what’s news” etc.

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Hello all, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but this topic sparks my interest.

I’ve been meaning to create a skill for this, but if it can be incorporated into the News Skill, than I think that would be better.

I listen to Colorado Public Radio quite often and would love it to be available on Mycroft. They often advertise “Listen to us on your smart speaker”. They have a few different streams.

News
Classical
Open Air

One is supposed to be able to listen using the phrase “Listen to CPR _________”(one of the stream names)

The links are to the high quality MP3 streams which I believe are the right ones to use.

If this should be it’s own skill, because of the different streams advertised on the station, let me know and I will pursue that.

Thanks to everybody in this community!!

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Been anticipating the day ABC news in Australia might get added to News skill - this would be great please!

edit: adding direct stream url if it helps http://www.abc.net.au/res/streaming/audio/mp3/news_radio.pls

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Hey @builderjer and @bradgy

Currently the News Skill plays short news bulletins rather than streaming the 24 hour news radio channels.

How do you think we should differentiate between them?
If you were asking for the news, how would you naturally say that you want the longer radio stream, rather than the shorter news bulletin?

@Bradgy - the good news is that we already have an Australian ABC News Bulletin. If your device location is set to Australia it should play for any general news phrase like “What’s the news”. Or you can set it to be your default in your Skill settings. Or you can just ask for it specifically with “play ABC News”.

Wow, I guess I should have been paying more attention… it works precisely how I would have imagined just by saying “play ABC news”. Thanks Gez!

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Good point @gez-mycroft. CPR is a division on NPR, so the short news stream is already in the News skill. I will see about writing one specifically for CPR. Thanks for the feedback.

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