BBC World News announces new weekly flagship business programme for Africa, Africa Business Report

I am excited to be joining Africa Business Report. This is an opportunity to show how Africa has become a region of growth, vibrant trade, innovation and enterprising people. Despite immense problems, Africa is showing signs of change and Africa Business Report wants to reflect that. It's an opportunity not to be missed."Lerato Mbele, presenter, Africa Business Report
Date: 08.08.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: BBC World News
BBC World News has announced that in October, it will launch Africa Business Report, a new weekly flagship business TV programme, presented by Lerato Mbele, covering key business stories and trends from across Africa. It will broadcast weekly on BBC World News.

Africa Business Report will be produced from the BBC‘s production centre in Johannesburg and will utilise the expertise of BBC correspondents in 48 African countries. Each week the programme will report from across Africa on the latest business and technology news, showcasing the latest trends across the continent, through a mixture of on the ground reports and high profile interviews. Africa Business Report launches on prime-time television across the continent from Friday 4 October 2013.

South African presenter, Lerato Mbele joins Africa Business Report from BBC World Service breakfast radio programme, Newsday. In her new role, she will report for BBC World News and BBC.com, in addition to reporting for BBC World Service. Prior to joining the BBC, Lerato served as a senior business anchor for CNBC Africa when it launched in 2007. She hosted a variety of business focused programming and specials including presidential debates and the live CNBC Africa Debate at the World Economic Forum in Africa in 2009. She began her career at South Africa’s state-owned broadcaster, SABC, and eventually served as an anchor for the channel’s daily news show News at 10 and also fronted the weekly show, The Ambassadors.

BBC Global Business Editor, Peter Eustace, said: “The BBC has a long history of reporting to audiences across Africa and along with the daily newscast Focus on Africa, Africa Business Report will continue that tradition. Africa is thriving, and not only does it host some of the fastest growing economies in the world, but it is also leading the way in a range of technology developments. We are very pleased that an experienced and well respected presenter such as Lerato will be fronting the programme.”

Africa Business Report presenter, Lerato Mbele, said: "I am excited to be joining Africa Business Report. This is an opportunity to show how Africa has become a region of growth, vibrant trade, innovation and enterprising people. Despite immense problems, Africa is showing signs of change and Africa Business Report wants to reflect that. It's an opportunity not to be missed.”

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