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Cote d’Ivoire: First private TV chain announced for May 2008 in Ivory Coast

As a further sign of the steady liberalisation of broadcast media across the continent, a new Pay TV channel called Tam-Tam TV will be launched in Cote d’Ivoire on 1 May this year. According to its owner Jean Denis Zahibo (who formerly worked for the state broadcaster RTI) he is launching the channel "in order to show the true face of Africa. Every day we are shocked at the way in which the Western media present our continent.”

According to Zahibo, the channel is entirely locally financed and has a start capital of FCFA10 million (just over US$22,000). He describes the new channel as:”the channel for the Black continent, original, lively, resolutely positive and aiming to cover 171 million households in more than 200 countries. The channel plans to open offices in Italy, France, the United States and China.

This expansion will be financed through additional capital of FCFA 50 billion and this will be raised through bank loans. No private chain exists yet in Cote d’Ivoire, where the state broadcasters RTI and TV2 (with a coverage area limited to 80 km around Abidjan) have had a monopoly for several decades.

(Le Monde)

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