years of BBC Afrique - interactivity at the heart of celebrations
audiences across the continent and the world are invited to celebrate
the 65th anniversary of BBC Afrique on 2 October.
6.00am (GMT), there will be more than 12 hours of uninterrupted
French programming and the launch of a new schedule.
the day, listeners can expect lively interactive debates, special
anniversary feature programmes and interviews with African politicians,
musicians, artists and sporting icons.
will also be encouraged to ask questions and put across their views
via email, mobile text messaging, online and telephone.
celebrations for BBC Afrique will include the relaunch of the popular
morning programme Londres Matin at 6.00am (GMT).
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.
addition, BBC Afrique is launching a news update every 15 minutes
of the day, seven days a week.
11.00am (GMT), BBC Afrique will broadcast live from Gabon for L'Afrique
Marcel Amoko will co-ordinate an interactive discussion on the 'Political
and Economic Integration of Central African Countries'.
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.
1.05pm (GMT), presenter Christopher Farah will chair another interactive
debate discussing the state of the African economy.
guest will be Mr Ablasse Ouedraogo, the former deputy director general
of the World Trade Organisation.
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'.
said: "The celebration of BBC Afrique is about interactivity and
want to ensure all our listeners enjoy the special programming and
seize the opportunity to get involved.”
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).
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).
can also look forward to four special programmes.
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).
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).
information for listeners Email: email@example.com Online: www.bbc.co.uk/afrique.
Afrique is the world's reference radio in francophone Africa.
broadcasts in French - seven hours per day - news and current affairs,
magazine, music and sport programmes.
has built its reputation and its approach on strict editorial standards
based on principles of impartiality, objectivity and fairness.
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.
can be accessed online at www.bbc.co.uk/afrique.
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