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BBG Notes Recent Efforts on Africa

Broadcast training in Malawi and new language for Mali broadcasts

The Broadcasting Board of Governors recently worked with the Malawi Broadcasting Corp. to help “professionalize” the MBC.

According to a release, Sam Swan, of professor at the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, designed and conducted a two-week long training session. The session “included a combination of discussions, consultations and practical workshops addressing broadcast operations, as well as reporting and programming production.”

The MBC carries some VOA radio and TV content.

In other BBG news, the agency announced that it will be adding a Bambara-language program, Mali Kibaru, to its Malian broadcasts. Bambara is spoken parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, along with Mali.

BBG Board member Susan McCue indicated that additional resources would be used in Mali, “This vital service will help safeguard lives in Mali with accurate and comprehensive news, and in widely-spoken local languages as well as in French. We’ll also soon be able to reach more people across the country through additional affiliate radio stations and via the latest mobile technology.”

Bambara joins Songhai- and French-language programming.