BBC Opens New Office In Lagos
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March 23, 2018 ( Post 1 )
The BBC today officially opened its new bureau in Lagos, home to three new services in Igbo, Pidgin, and Yoruba.
BBC News is now available in five languages across Nigeria (Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa and English), as part of the biggest expansion of the BBC World Service since the 1940s.
The BBC is also set to launch a mentorship and internship scheme for the next generation of West African journalists, Jamie Angus, Director of the BBC World Service, announced at the launch event for the bureau.
Jamie Angus said:
The bureau is led by the BBC’s Head of West Africa, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye. She said
BBC News in Igbo, Pidgin, and Yoruba reports on stories affecting the lives of audiences across the region, and is available online and on social media. There is also a 60-second audio round-up, BBC Minute, twice daily.
The BBC is also joining forces with Channels Television on Connect Africa, a new weekly half hour programme in English which will launch later this year. This will be a live current affairs show focusing on the stories behind the news, with audience interaction via social media and from a studio audience.
The BBC is launching more new TV programming for Africa later this year in English, Hausa, French and Swahili, and some of the TV teams will join the Lagos bureau. This will include programmes about sports, business, and entertainment, satire, a women’s programme, a programme for 10-16 year olds, and investigative documentaries.
This will offer other local independent producers the chance to be involved in co-productions and BBC commissions.
The BBC’s international news currently has an audience of 36m in Nigeria, the largest of any country
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