Namibia: NBC Renews Contract With French Broadcaster


Namibia’s national broadcaster NBC this week signed two cooperation agreements with Radio France International. A renewed 5-year contract between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio France International was signed on Tuesday, while the cooperation agreement with Japan was signed on Wednesday. The original cooperation contract with RFI was signed in 2002 and was on Tuesday renewed at the FNCC.

"Thanks to this strong partnership between NBC and RFI, the two broadcasters have entered into a very exciting exchange programme for journalists, beneficial to both parties," said French ambassador, Philippe Bossiere, at the signing of the contract event at the FNCC.

"RFI is not only a French radio. It is an international radio with a multicultural staff, primarily focusing on Africa in which the majority of its listeners live. The station also broadcasts in English and has more than 45 million listeners world-wide with a sense for quality news," he said of the station, which is daily broadcasted on 107.9. Mvula ya Nangolo considered the renewed contract as another milestone regarding the relationship between Radio France International and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.

"To this end, RFI has provided broadcasting equipment to the value of N$250 000 which the NBC can keep at the termination of the contract," Ya Nangolo said. He also said that training for radio production and presentation will be provided by RFI periodically. "Later this year radio journalist and producer Soini Negongo will be attached to RFI for close to a month, while an RFI journalist will be attached to National Radio, to share some expertise in the field.

"RFI currently leases NBC facilities to the tune of N$80 000 per year," he said on behalf of the minister of Information and Broadcasting, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

(New Era (Windhoek), 23 November 2007)