Voice of America’s French to Africa Service signed on in the capital city as Malian, French, and Nigerian forces look to push back an Islamist alliance that has taken over much of the north…
VOA’s French to Africa service can now be heard 24/7 on 102.0 FM in the city of 1.8 million people.
The new station has been in the works for more than six months, with the final deal being signed today with ORTM, the Office de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision du Mali. VOA began transmitting immediately after the signing.
VOA’s other initiatives include the launch of the experimental mobile phone-based Mali1, which delivers headlines in French and in Songhai — a language widely spoken in the northern part of the country.
VOA’s French to Africa Service is also looking into translating news into Bambara, a language spoken in the Bamako region.
Both the Songhai and Bambara translations would occur under the umbrella of the French to Africa Service, with minor additional expenditures expected at this time.