World Service opens bureau in Tanzania

Zuhura Yunus and Barwan Muhuza Presenters Zuhura Yunus and Barwan Muhuza in the new bureau

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World Service has taken another step towards shifting BBC Swahili production to East Africa.

On Monday it opened a new bureau in Dar es Salaam, which will be the base for BBC Swahili's morning news programme and its website team.

The weekday, half-hour breakfast show, Amka na, will now be made in the Tanzanian city by a team of 15 producers and presenters. It has been produced in Nairobi since 2006.

A large part of the online content production for the website, meanwhile, will also take place in Dar es Salaam, with the remainder based in the Kenyan capital.

Production has been split until now between London and Nairobi.

'The launch of our new bureau is a high point in the BBC's efforts to be closer to millions of its Kiswahili speakers in East Africa,' said Nikki Clarke, World Service head of journalism.

'Every week, nearly half of Tanzania's adult population - around 12.4 million people - come to the BBC for trusted news and information from Africa and around the world on radio, TV, online and mobile.'

Ali Saleh, BBC Swahili editor, said the new bureau provided 'excellent conditions' for his team to ramp up its East African newsgathering.

'Amka na BBC will now be even better placed to deliver news and current affairs with a mix of East African and global stories, bringing more live interviews with newsmakers in the region - and more features and human-interest stories,' he believed.

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