Broadcast In Brief


- Governor Martin Elechi has threatened to sack all the staff and management of the state owed Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service (EBBS) in Nigeria, should trouble continue to be experienced in the organisation.

- A week-long sports journalists training programme opened at the Senegalese capital Dakar over the weekend with the participation of sports writers from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Sao Tome, The Gambia and hosts Senegal. The training, which is sponsored by the world football's governing body (FIFA), is meant to provide mid-career training to more than 300 reporters and photographers across the continent. The programme is part of FIFA's "Win in Africa with Africa" development programme, which was launched shortly after South Africa were named as hosts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. The Dakar course, which came on the heels of similar courses held in June 2009, is directed by the AFP Foundation, the international training arm of Agence France-Presse and co-financed by the European Union. Similar sessions will simultaneously take place in Cairo, Johannesburg, Libreville, Maputo, Nairobi and Rabat with a total of 137 reporters and 15 photographers from over 40 African countries benefiting.

- A workshop entitled “Francophone Africa faces the challenge of the transition to digital broadcasting” was held in Ouagadougou from 29 November to 4 December. The meeting produced a declaration that called for an immediate engagement by all the different actors to carry out the implementation. It also called for specialist organisations to supply help in matters such as spectrum planning.