BBC marks launch of new FM transmitters in Sierra Leone with roadshow

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The BBC World Service issued a statement saying that radio listeners in Sierra Leone will be treated to a week of live programming when the BBC World Service brings its interactive ‘English For Africa’ programmes on a roadshow to Bo, Freetown and Kenema. The roadshow - starting Monday 5 February 2007 - celebrates the launch of two new BBC frequencies: 94.5 FM in Bo and 95.3 FM in Kenema.

Farayi Mungazi will discuss the sporting headlines with Sierra Leoneans and listeners across the continent on the popular BBC sports programme Fast Track on Monday 5 February and Friday 9 February. Frederick Dove will debate topical issues on the BBC’s innovative talk show Africa Have Your Say, broadcasting live over three days starting Tuesday 6 February. Each programme airs at 1600 UTC daily and listeners can participate by sending an SMS text message.

Martin Davies, Business Development Manager for West Africa, BBC World Service said: “During the roadshow the BBC is also celebrating the talents of local journalists from our partner stations who will participate in a three-day workshop led by renowned BBC correspondent, Elizabeth Blunt. In return they will provide content and support for Fast Track and Africa Have Your Say adding further depth and richness to our broadcasts.”