Ethiopia: Country Radio to Broadcast BBC Programs On FM, MW


The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERT) and the BBC World Service on Friday forged a partnership that will see a range of BBC programmes broadcast on 97.1FM in Addis Ababa, and on the medium-wave frequencies of the National Service of Ethiopian Radio across the country.

Under the new partnership agreement, Ethiopian listeners will have access to a range of BBC programmes on health, science, the environment, music and sports seven days a week, according to Jerry Timmins, Head of the Africa and Middle East Region, BBC World Service.

Speaking at a press briefing at the Addis Ababa Hilton, Timmins also said: "This is a development for the BBC in Ethiopia. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Ethiopian Radio, and looking forward to developing a strong relationship with ERT and with audiences across the country." Solomon Tesfaye, Deputy General Manager of Ethiopian Radio, ERT, said on his part: "Through re-broadcasting BBC programmes, we will be able to serve our audiences better. This relationship will enlarge our capacity to cater for the interests of listeners throughout Ethiopia." Ethiopian Radio will broadcasts the programs on FM 97.1MHz and on the National Service on medium wave on 873KHz in Addis Ababa, in Arba Minch on 828KHz, in Bahirdar on 594KHz, in Bale Robe on 972 KHz, in Dessie on 891KHz, in Harar on 855 KHz, in Mekele on 1044KHz, and in Metu on 684KHz, it was disclosed at the press briefing.

BBC programmes listeners in Ethiopia can now enjoy with programmes including: Health Check, which explores the issues affecting the world of medicine and healthcare; Digital Planet, which looks at the latest innovation in digital technology; Discovery, which explores today's most significant scientific discoveries; One Planet, which looks at global development and the environment; and Science in Action, which gives listeners a roundup of the latest science and technology news from the world.

Also available are two of the BBC's flagship music programmes: Charlie Gillett's World of Music, which plays the best of the world music; and Top of the Pops, which is a round-down of the UK's Top 20 record sales chart, and which also features interviews with bands and artists. Audiences can also listen to The Strand which takes them on a world-wide journey through arts, culture and entertainment. They will also be able to tune in to English Language Teaching programmes from the BBC.

The Daily Monitor Addis Ababa 7th Nov 08