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- The BBC launched a new channel in Arabic on 11th March 2008 with much marketing hoop-la. The channel also has its own Arabic website: www.bbcarabic.com

- Télédiffusion d'Algérie (TDA) will gradually introduce digital broadcasts this year in the east of the country through its Kef Lekhel (Constantine) broadcasting site. TDA’s D-G Abdelmalek Houyou said the project was well under way and the company was in the process of identifying relevant expertise.

- 12 privately owned radio and television stations are in such a state of indebtedness that they might be closed by the courts. These include: Rfm, WalfFm et Tv et Teranga Fm. This the line being taken by Bureau sénégalais des droits d’auteur sénégalais which is seeking payment for music played by the stations.

- Zambia’s Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Nyirenda, last week told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the wasteful expenditure in installation of local area network was as a result of the failure by the contractor to fulfill contractual obligations. Nyirenda appeared before the committee in the company of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) director general, Joseph Salasini and acting director of planning at the ministry, Gilbert Maimbo. He was called before the committee to clarify some financial irregularities highlighted in the Auditor General's report for the financial year ended December 31 2006. Nyirenda said the ministry engaged a company known as Evolution to install the local network but it was regrettable that the company failed to complete the works forcing the ministry to seek the services of another company.

The ministry paid K33,570,450 to Evolution but since it could not complete the works, the ministry paid K35,035,705 to the new firm. As a result, the Auditor General regarded the K 33,570, 450 as wasteful expenditure.

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