Sputnik Widens Its Reach In Africa
5 June 2019
Russia’s Sputnik news agency and radio has entered into a partnership agreement with Congo’s national broadcaster, RTNC (Radio Television Nationale Congolaise). The deal was signed recently in Moscow as part of the Congolese delegation’s visit to Russia.
The document was signed by Ernest Kabila Ilunga, the Director General of RTNC and Sergei Kochetkov along with Rossiya Segodnya, the First Deputy Editor-in-Chief.
The agreement allows regular exchanges of news content in French and English, including radio shows, joint initiatives and events.
The two parties also agreed to partake in bilateral cooperation in the information space to further strengthen relations between the two states.
Sergei Kochetkov said that this was the first agreement that Sputnik had signed with a media outlet from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He noted that forging partnerships with African media entities is one of the agency’s priorities, and added that he hoped Sputnik’s joint work would provide the audience with reliable first-hand information about events in the DRC and Russia.
Ernest Kabila Ilunga commented on the collaboration saying that RTNC is delighted to have signed the partnership deal with Sputnik. He added that he hoped that this collaboration would contribute not only to cultural but also to economic and trade relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia.
RTNC is one of Congo’s most massive TV and radio companies.
Sputnik, on the other hand, is one of the largest international media firms offering regional and country-specific multimedia websites in over 32 languages, analogue and digital radio broadcasting in English, French, Russian and other languages in no less than 90 cities and online.