Broadcast In Brief:


- The Director of Somalia’s Uniersal TV Ibrahim Mohamed Ali was kidnapped last week in Mogadishu by armed men. The kidnapping was condemned by the National Union of Somali Journalists and Reporters Without Borders. Meanwhile gunmen in Somalia have killed the director of influential Radio Shabelle. Moqtar Mohamed Hirabe was shot several times in the chest and head, one of his colleagues - who was injured in the attack in Mogadishu - said.

BBC World Service’s Peter Horrocks told journalists in Sierra Leone :"BBC's impact in Sierra Leone and Nigeria is substantial. We have a high level of audience loyalty, and the feedback we are getting is amazing," During his six-day tour, he met with political and spiritual leaders, journalists, business partners and the BBC audiences from the two West African countries. According to a BBC press release : »"More than half of the population of Freetown tune in to the BBC every week »." the statement said.

- New Radio station Volta Power FM : Ghanaian owned and operated radio station has been launched. A launch party will take place on the 30th of May 2009 in New York. The web site should soon be up: <>

- Cape Town radio personality Mehboob Bawa, commonly known as the "Love Doctor", has been reinstated at 94.5 Kfm after the radio station was found to have booted him off the air unfairly.