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65 years of BBC Afrique - interactivity at the heart of celebrations

French-speaking audiences across the continent and the world are invited to celebrate the 65th anniversary of BBC Afrique on 2 October.

From 6.00am (GMT), there will be more than 12 hours of uninterrupted French programming and the launch of a new schedule.

Throughout the day, listeners can expect lively interactive debates, special anniversary feature programmes and interviews with African politicians, musicians, artists and sporting icons.

They will also be encouraged to ask questions and put across their views via email, mobile text messaging, online and telephone.

The celebrations for BBC Afrique will include the relaunch of the popular morning programme Londres Matin at 6.00am (GMT).

Extended to 90 minutes, Londres Matin brings news, current affairs, phone-ins, features, interviews with special guests and a review of newspaper headlines from across Africa.

In addition, BBC Afrique is launching a news update every 15 minutes of the day, seven days a week.

At 11.00am (GMT), BBC Afrique will broadcast live from Gabon for L'Afrique en Direct.

Presenter Marcel Amoko will co-ordinate an interactive discussion on the 'Political and Economic Integration of Central African Countries'.

The programme comes from the capital city of Libreville where an invited audience, including politicians, civil servants and students, will offer questions through BBC Correspondent Linel Qwatsi.

At 1.05pm (GMT), presenter Christopher Farah will chair another interactive debate discussing the state of the African economy.

His guest will be Mr Ablasse Ouedraogo, the former deputy director general of the World Trade Organisation.

At 5.00pm (GMT), the interactivity continues when the Editor of BBC Afrique, Charles Banmbara, hosts a live discussion with London-based ambassadors from Francophone Africa on 'The Cooperation Between UK and French-Speaking Countries in Africa'.

He said: "The celebration of BBC Afrique is about interactivity and connections.

"We want to ensure all our listeners enjoy the special programming and seize the opportunity to get involved.”

Other highlights during the day include a feature with celebrated musicians Manu Dibango and Koffi Olomide in a programme exploring African singers in Europe 3.30pm (GMT) and Cameroonian footballer Geremi Njitap and the Ivorian footballer Kollo Toure will feature in a programme examining African footballers in Europe 4.30pm (GMT).

BBC Afrique presenter, Michel Proust, will interview producers from other African language services based in Bush House, including Hausa, Arabic, Somali and the Swahili, 9.30am (GMT).

Audiences can also look forward to four special programmes.

A documentary retracing the history of BBC Afrique at 7.30am (GMT), a discussion on refugees in Africa at 2.05pm (GMT), an exploration of the Millennium Development Goal in Africa 2.32pm (GMT) and a look at African immigrants in Europe 3.05pm (GMT).

Listeners curious about BBC Afrique and other parts of the BBC, can put their questions to presenter Jean Michel Duffrence who will link up with the BBC radio partners, and their audiences, in DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Bukina Faso and Niger 8.30am (GMT).

Notes to Editors

Contact information for listeners Email: Online:

BBC Afrique is the world's reference radio in francophone Africa.

It broadcasts in French - seven hours per day - news and current affairs, magazine, music and sport programmes.

It has built its reputation and its approach on strict editorial standards based on principles of impartiality, objectivity and fairness.

BBC Afrique can be heard on FM in a dozen French-speaking African countries including Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali and DR Congo and is carried by 30 local radio stations across the continent.

It can be accessed online at

BBC World Service broadcasts programmes around the world in 43 languages and is available on radio and online at

It has a global audience of 150 million listeners.

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.



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