BBC celebrates launch of FM relay and new FM radio partnership with live broadcasts from Uganda
The BBC will broadcast its flagship interactive radio and online
programme Africa Have Your Say live from Uganda over three days starting
Tuesday 20 November. The live broadcasts celebrate the launch of BBC
99.4 FM in Arua and an exciting new partnership with FM radio station
Ugandan-born Africa Have Your Say presenter, Alex Jakana, said: "The BBC
has loyal listeners in Uganda so it's wonderful that we can reach yet
more people in FM quality with our best programming.
"We know Africans
like to debate with their neighbours across the continent which is why I
am very excited to be broadcasting live from the country.
forward to hearing them taking part in the BBC's pan-African
BBC 99.4 FM brings Arua listeners some of the BBC's most popular
English-language programmes tailored specifically for Africa in FM
quality sound for the first time.
They can enjoy Network Africa, which
sets the day's agenda with a mix of news, sport, features and music, and
Focus On Africa, with daily news and analysis from around the continent.
Listeners can also enjoy programming from the BBC Swahili service
including its flagship morning programme Amka Na BBC, news and current
affairs programme Dira Ya Dunia, and a round-up of the big news stories
from across the continent in Leo Afrika.
Magic 100 will be the first station in Uganda to broadcast BBC Ulimwengu
Wa Soka which features live commentary on English Premier League matches
Solomon Mugera, Head of the BBC Swahili service, said: "Ugandans are
famous for their love of football and we are delighted that listeners
can now enjoy all the excitement of the English Premier League.
is a large Kiswahili speaking community in Arua and North West Uganda
and we really look forward to connecting with audiences on FM to Idhaa
ya Kiswahili ya BBC for the first time."
BBC 99.4 FM extends the BBC's already strong presence on FM in Uganda
which has BBC 101.3 FM in Kampala and BBC 107.3 FM in Mbarara and Mbale.
Africa Have Your Say will broadcast live from Uganda at 19.00 EAT on
Tuesday 20 November, Wednesday 21 November and Thursday 22 November.
Audiences can take part by calling +44 20 7836 18 36, by sending an SMS
to +44 77 86 20 20 08 or by sending an email to email@example.com. They
can also comment online at bbcnews.com/africahaveyoursay.
Notes to Editors
BBC Swahili broadcasts to an audience of more than 21 million in East
and Central Africa.
As a multi-media broadcasting service it provides
radio and online content to Swahili-speaking audiences throughout Africa
and around the world.
News, features and analysis on East Africa and the
rest of the world is also available at bbcswahili.com
BBC World Service broadcasts more than 27 hours of English language
programmes specifically for Africa to almost 20 million people each
The BBC also broadcasts to Africa in Arabic, French, Hausa,
Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Somali, Portuguese and Swahili.
It has a daily
audience of over 80 million listeners in sub-Saharan Africa on shortwave
and on FM. For more information, visit bbcworldservice.com. To subscribe
to a free BBC English language e-newsletter, Email Network, visit
BBC World Service Publicity