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- Unizik FM, a radio station built by Nigeria’s Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik) Awka in Anambra State, is billed to commence transmission of programmes to the public in less than two weeks. Dr. Kate Azuka Omenugha, head of the Mass Communications Department of the university made the disclosure in Awka while addressing students of the department last weekend. The station would be transmitting on frequency of 94.1.

-SABC Television Sales has decreased its advertising long term rates by an average of 15%, "in the interest of good business practice", the corporation said in a press release this afternoon, Friday 18 April 2008. This is a good way to gloss one of the first signs of a softening in the South African television advertising market.

-For the first time since its establishment more than 150 years ago, the GEDA A.M.E Church in Brewerville, outside Monrovia, is expected to commence a weekly radio broadcast of its Sunday worship service and other activities of the church.

-Last Saturday, top musicians from Uganda descended on the little western town of Ishaka for the MTN sponsored Radio West ninth anniversary celebrations.

- The Member of Parliament of Constituency 95 in Sierra Leone at 4 Mile along the Waterloo highway to Masiaka will soon establish a radio station and construct a mini stadium at the village.

- Executive director of the Institute for Media and Society, Dr. Akin Akingbulu, has called on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ensure that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), owns and operates a community radio station.

- According to Senegalese research agency ADESR said that in a study of radio audiences in the capital Dakar, Walf FM had a penetration level of 91.3%, followed by RFM with 73.9% and Sud FM with 61%.

- The Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) and the Libyan Jamahariya Broadcasting Corporation (LJBC) signed today a cooperation protocol in the media field. Under the protocol, the two sides will boost bilateral cooperation, benefiting from the EMPC's great potentials and expertise in the media field. The two sides also agreed on training a number of Libyan students to get acquainted with the state-of-the-art technology in the media field. EMPC board chairman Sayyed Helmi and LJBC secretary Abdullah Mansour signed the protocol, Mena news agency reports. The EMPC comprises 54 highly-equipped studios.