Category: World Service
The Director of BBC
World Service, Nigel
Chapman, visits Kenya from Monday 27 February 2006 for a five-day tour that includes attending the launch of BBC radio programming on partner stations Sheki
106.6 FM and Star 97.0 FM.
BBC programmes from BBC
Swahili and the BBC
World Service English language output for Africa can be heard on
both Sheki FM which broadcasts to Mombasa and Star FM which broadcasts
Star FM will also feature programmes from BBC
Nigel Chapman said: "Kenya is a very important market for us with over four
million weekly listeners, and I am delighted that audiences in Mombasa and Garissa
now have the opportunity to listen to BBC programmes through their local stations.
"I will also use my stay in Kenya to discuss with
the teams in the BBC Bureau in Nairobi how to further develop the
BBC in Kenya which includes producing more BBC Swahili programming
in the country."
Director of Sheki FM, Tony Msalame said: "The fact that listeners of Sheki FM
will have the opportunity to enjoy BBC programmes is an exciting development
"Sheki is the fastest growing FM radio station
in Kenya's coast region and I know audiences will appreciate the
added value which BBC programmes in Swahili and English will bring
to our output."
Director of Star FM, Mohamed Osman said: "We are delighted that the Director
of the BBC World Service, Mr Nigel Chapman, will be here to launch
BBC programming on Star FM, the first and only FM Station in North Eastern Kenya.
"Our listeners can now get global and regional
news and analysis from the BBC in Somali, Swahili and English alongside
Star FM's news and entertainment programmes without changing frequency."
part of the BBC's commitment to audiences in Kenya, for the
first time in any country, promotional trails have been tailored
to reflect the local feel and style of the country.
Narrated by Kenyan-born
BBC presenter and journalist, Joseph
Warungu, the trails
can be heard through BBC stations in Nairobi (93.7 FM), Kisumu (88.2 FM) and in Mombasa (93.9 FM).
BBC programmes can also be heard
on partner station Kameme FM in Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri and
Meru and Radio Simba in Nairobi.