BBC expands FM presence in DR Congo
BBC World Service has expanded its FM presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the launch of BBC 92 FM in Lubumbashi and BBC 92 FM in Kisangani.
The new FM stations broadcast World Service programmes in French, English and Swahili, and reinforce the BBC's position on the FM market by complementing existing BBC 92.6 FM in Kinshasa and the well-established partnership with Raga FM throughout the country.
On Thursday 10 May 2007, BBC Afrique celebrates the launch of the new FMs with a special day of programming, broadcasting live from Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi and London.
A highlight of "DR Congo Day" on BBC Afrique will be Le Congo En Direct, a live interactive programme broadcast across francophone Africa.
The launch of the new relays coincides with the release of the BBC's first national survey in DR Congo. According to the survey, more than seven million people are regularly listening to BBC Afrique in DR Congo.
Head of BBC Afrique, Tim Cooke, said: "DR Congo is the jewel in the crown of BBC Afrique, with many millions of listeners right across the country tuning in regularly for news, sport and entertainment.
"It is wonderful that we can reach yet more people in FM quality with the information they crave.
"For us at the BBC, there is nothing more important than ensuring the information we provide is impartial, fair and balanced and includes a range of opinions over time to allow everyone to decide for themselves what they think.
"The warmest of welcomes to new BBC FM listeners in Kisangani and Lubumbashi!"
Toussaint Tshilombo Send, DR Congo's Minister of Information, added: "The BBC is a big international broadcaster, available in many languages all over the world. We are glad that, with the establishment of two more relays in Kisangani and Lubumbashi, more listeners there have access to the BBC's world-class programmes on FM."
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