Broadcast In Brief


- The "loud" youth radio station, YaRona FM, will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on August 30. The radio station's bash will be hosted at Orange Farm in Oodi.YaRona FM and Gabz FM were the only country's private radio stations until last year when another station, Duma FM started operating. it was first licensed in 1998, but only started broadcasting the following year.

- Angola National Radio (RNA) and Public Television (TPA) signals transmitted from Luanda, are being received since Monday in Capenda Camulemba and Xá Muteba, north-eastern Lunda Norte Province, after being inaugurated by the provincial governor, Ernesto Muangala.The official informed that with a radius of action of 50 kilometres, citizens in Xá Muteba District can tune to 93.8 FM, while 91.5 of the same frequency is for Capenda Camulemba residents.

- Nation Media Group's new Kiswahili radio station, QFM, will go on air Monday.The station was launched on Saturday at a colourful event at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre grounds. It will broadcast on FM frequency 94.4.Listeners in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nyeri, Meru, Eldoret and Nakuru will receive QFM, which targets an audience between 25 and 34 years.QFM will feature a group of well-known presenters, including Talia, Maureen Medza and comedians Nyambane, Kajairo and Kazungu Katana, now using the name Cleopas Awinja.

- President Paul Kagame on Tuesday launched the Star Africa Media wondering why local investors have not expressed any interest tin putting money into the Chinese Pay-TV firm, RNA reports. Kagame specifically criticized the only available local TV, the government owned Rwanda Television, for not taking advantage of the technical expertise of the Chinese firm, providing some 20 channels. Star Africa Media was on Tuesday launching operation of its mast in Kigali which is part of its $20 million investment in a Pay-TV outlet it wants to position regionally.Its cheap subscription rate of RW8100 Francs (US$25) stands out as almost the cheapest option compared to its competitors.