Mauritius – MBC uses its digital channels to offer more languages


MBC’s digital network Télévision Numérique Terrestre (TNT) will be offering new channels that are in several of the languages spoken on the island. The decision was approved by the Council of Ministers at the President’s request on Thursday 26 March.

The languages chosen for transmission are en tamil, télégou, urdu, marathi and mandarin as these are “taught languages”, according to the communiqué published by the Council of Ministers.

The decision forms part of the framework of Government policy that seeks to preserve what are described as “langues ancestrales”. The Government law covering these objectives envisages the setting up of Speaking Unions for each of the languages and these proposals have been presented to Parliament on 30 March. Kreol will get a Speaking Union but will have to wait for a digital TV channel devoted to it.