The BBG has been awarded a license for a 24/7 FM in Chad, and VOA adds new affiliates on FM in Bolivia, on radio and TV in South Sudan, and on cable in Serbia…
From the BBG Dealbook:
BBG Obtains License for FM in Chad
The Voice of America’s French to Africa service will supply programming content, as will Middle Eastern Broadcasting Networks’ Radio Sawa, which will provide content in Arabic.
The station will operate at 93.1 FM, and is expected to be on air by early Summer. The station will join other BBG FMs in African capitals such as Nairobi, Accra, Ouagadougou, and most recently, Bamako.
VOA Latin America Adds Affiliate in Bolivia
Radio Azul, 99.1FM, in the city of Trinidad (pop. 130,000), plans to use VOA news delivered via the online VOA Direct portal, and is considering adding long-form programs to its lineup as well. Radio Azul manager Raúl Romero was an attendee at a recent VOA/U.S. Embassy Electronic Journalism workshop in La Paz. Romero noted that the fairly isolated community Azul serves has few sources for international news stories. He also thanked VOA for giving him guidance on web design for the station’s site, which is currently under construction.
VOA Expands Affiliate Roster in South Sudan
Successful satellite downlink installations were made at Radio Kuajok 99.0 FM, Radio Torit 97.5 FM and Warrap FM. The name of each radio station refers to the location the station serves. VOA has also come to agreement with Citizen TV.
The Voice of America serves South Sudan in English, which is an official language alongside Arabic.
VOA Television Adds Partner in Serbia
The cable television station has signed on to broadcast the VOA Serbian TV Programs Otvoreni Studio and Vikend Studio. Otvoreni Studio will air Tuesdays at 10:00 pm, with a repeat on Wednesday mornings.
The Serbian cable and satellite television market is the largest among the former Yugoslav states with an estimated at 1.15 million subscribing households.