BBC Afrique launches on TV in Senegal

Leone Ouedraogo

Léone Ouedraogo presents BBC Infos alongside Olivier Weber and Vénuste Nshimiyimana

DAKAR, Senegal, 15 July 2016,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Starting on Mon 18 July at 8.30 PM local time, BBC Afrique will be bringing audiences in Senegal BBC Infos on Dunyaa TV (DTV), for the first time. This special first edition of BBC Infos will bring local stories from the country and will be preceded by a jointly-hosted launch show on DTV. Features will include a look at wrestling in Senegal and a new phone app from a young inventor from Dakar that will help people get around the city.

On Tues 19 July, BBC Afrique Radio (available on 105.6 FM in Senegal) will be bringing listeners a special debate recorded in Dakar and looking at Africa’s youth and digital entrepreneurship.

Herve Yonkeu, BBC Afrique Editor, says “Senegal is an important audience for us and it is fantastic news that we can now share our broadcasts with viewers there. Our team in Dakar will continue to bring unique and important stories to Senegal from the rest of the world as well as making local stories resonate internationally”.

Jupiter Diagne, Managing Director, DTV, says “The rebroadcast of BBC Infos on DTV adds to the credibility of our channel and strengthens the existing partnership between our organisations.”

The BBC Afrique service reaches 14.8 million people on a weekly basis and provides content for 23 countries across francophone Africa. Three new TV programmes will be available for the audience in Senegal. BBC Infos is the service’s flagship 15 minute TV show bringing viewers the main news headlines every weekday with presenters Léone Ouedraogo, Olivier Weber and Vénuste Nshimiyimana. Every Saturday, BBC Eco covers the latest stories on the African and international economy and on Sundays BBC Hebdo provides viewers with a summary of the week’s news. BBC Afrique TV programming is currently enjoyed by audiences around West and Central Africa including in Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DRC and Niger.

Launched in 1996, 20 years ago, BBC Afrique brings the BBC’s world class journalism to French African and diaspora audiences around the world on Radio, TV and online. BBC Afrique is available on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook, Instagram, and Soundcloud.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of BBC World Service.

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:
All times mentioned in the release are local time in Senegal.
BBC Infos will be available to watch on DTV every weekday from 8.30-8.45 PM – the presenters are Léone Ouedraogo, Olivier Weber and Vénuste Nshimiyimana
BBC Eco will be available to watch on DTV every Saturday from 8.30-8.45 PM – the presenter is Clarisse Fortune
BBC Hebdo will be available to watch on DTV every Sunday from 8.30-8.45 PM – the presenter is Vénuste Nshimiyimana
BBC Afrique is part of BBC Africa and the BBC World Service.

BBC Africa brings news and features to its audience on the continent and in diaspora communities in inventive, accessible ways such as via the daily Africa live page and as well as regular TV and radio bulletins and programmes. In addition, the BBC reaches a new online audience via many social media outlets and mobile platforms, creating clickable and shareable content delivered by the BBC’s reporters across Africa, these include Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Soundcloud and YouTube.

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