Friday, August 15, 2008

Voice of Nigeria plans three new language services

In an interview for The Channel, the magazine of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB), the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria talks about the station’s expansion plans. Abubakar Jijiwa tells the AIB that “we are planning three new languages, Chinese and either Hindi or Urdu, and Portuguese as we want to reach out to Lusophone Africa. The Chinese are already doing very well in their Hausa service of China Radio International. Hausa probably has the capacity for 100m listeners, and that’s why others are targeting in the Hausa language. We are currently looking at the funding for Mandarin - our signal gets into China very well and we get a lot of letters from English listeners in China.”
(Source: The Channel/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)