The BBG Office of Strategy and Development has assisted Voice of America’s Swahili and English to Africa services in securing seven new affiliates in Tanzania…
VOA is poised for growth in the key East African nation of Tanzania as it welcomes seven new affiliates to its family.
Radio/TV Tumaini, serving the major population center of Dar es Salaam (4.3 million), returns as a VOA affiliate. Radio will carry Swahili breakfast and evening programming, as well as USAID-funded health programming. On TV, Tumaini will air Straight Talk Africa, the newly re-launched Africa 54, On Assignment, and Music Alley programs in English.
In the capital of Dodoma, Swahili station ABM FM will carry breakfast, evening, and health programming from VOA.
Serving the coal and iron ore mining area of Ludewa, Best FM will carry Swahili breakfast, evening and health programming.
Radio Saut, affiliated with St. Augustine University, will also carry VOA’s Swahili offerings. The station serves Mwanza and surrounding communities.
Another Swahili broadcaster, Bomba FM joins to serve Mbeya and surrounding area. The city lies in the south-western portion of the country, and has a population of approximately 280,000.
Breeze FM serves the coastal region of Tanga, near the country’s norther border with Kenya. With a slogan of “More than Radio, Breeze FM serves a population of approximately 250,000.
VOA TV has reached agreement with the Sahara Media Group to air on its bouquet of digital TV channels. The basic package will feature the main free-to-air Tanzanian TV channels, which include Star TV, ITV, Clouds TV, East Africa Broadcasting, Capital TV, and Channel 10.
Select international channels in the package will include VOA TV, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, and France 24.
A set-top box is required to view the channels, with an initial fee of $75 – which includes the first year of service. Subsequent monthly fees will range from $5.60 to $11.25.