BBC launches debate programme in Nepal
Listeners in Nepal can now enjoy even more BBC programming with the launch of the new debate programme Sajha Sawal.
The 45-minute show explores key issues affecting people's lives with a specially invited audience each Sunday at 21.00 local time.
Sajha Sawal, a collaborative project linking BBC Nepali and the BBC's international development charity, BBC World Service Trust, features distinguished guests from the world of politics, legal affairs, business or culture who answer questions from the audience.
A BBC reporter on location in rural Nepal also brings stories, views and questions from hard to reach communities across the country.
Rabindra Mishra, Head of BBC Nepali, said: "Sajha Sawal is a great opportunity for BBC Nepali to really connect with its audience. It gives them a platform to discuss the issues that are really important to them and debate with high profile people they wouldn't normally have access to."
The BBC will also be in Kathmandu for the first BBC Nepali Partners Conference to be held for four days from 13 January 2008.
This is an opportunity for the BBC to reinforce partnership with local FM stations re-broadcasting its programmes and to get to know some of its newer partner stations.
BBC programming in English can also be heard on the BBC
24-hour 103 FM relay in Kathmandu and on the following partner FM stations throughout Nepal in these regions:
- Baglung – Dhawalgiri 98.6 FM
- Bajhang – Saipal 100.6 FM
- Banke – Bageshwari 94.6 FM
- Chitwan – Kalika 95.2 FM and Synergy 91.6 FM
- Ghorahi – Sworgadwori 102.8 FM
- Dhanusa – Radio Milthia 100.8 FM and Jakapur 101.8 FM
- Kailali – Dinesh 93.8 FM
- Hetauda – Hetauda 96.6 FM
- Ilam – Ilam 93 FM
- Jhapa – Pathibara 93.6 FM and Saptarangi 101.6 FM
- Jumla – Radio Karnali 105.2 FM
- Kanchanpur – Skuklapanda 94.4 FM
- Kathmandu – Radio Sagamartha 102.4 FM
- Nawalparasi – Vijaya 101.6 FM
- Palpa – Radio Madanpokhara 106.9 FM
- Parsa – Gadhina 91.4 FM, Radio Birgunj 99 FM and Narayani 103.8 FM
- Pokhara – Himchuli 92.2 FM and Radio Annapura 93.4 FM
- Rupandehi – Butwal 94.4 FM, Radio Lumbini 96.8 FM and Tinau 98.2 FM
- Sunsari – Saptakoshi 90 FM
- Surket – Bheri 106.4 FM
Notes to Editors
BBC Nepali, which has been serving audiences for nearly 40 years, is a respected source of news for listeners in Nepal, India and the rest of South Asia, the Far East and the Gulf countries.
BBC Nepali programmes cover a wide spectrum of news stories as well as regular analysis and features on Nepalese issues. Its daily 30-minute programmes on shortwave are rebroadcast by 28 FM stations in Nepal. There is also a growing audience of Nepali-speakers who go to the website bbcnepali.com for programmes, in text and audio.
The programme schedule caters for all listeners and news and current affairs programmes can be heard every day at 20.45. There are also two popular segments: on Wednesdays, Nepal Sandarva interviews key Nepalese who are in the headlines, and on Saturdays, a discussion programme, Naya Nepal, deals with controversial issues relating to politics and society. Listeners' views are included in programmes.
BBC World Service Trust is the BBC's international development charity. The Trust uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights, thereby enabling people to build better lives for themselves.
In order to achieve the most critical development goals, the Trust's work is focused around three key themes: Governance and Human Rights, Health and Learning for Livelihoods – and two emerging themes of the Environment and Humanitarian Response.
Further information is available online at bbcworldservicetrust.org.
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