BBC World Service Trust, with USAID funds, helps Nigerian radio stations replace "dilapidated equipment" (updated).

Posted: 05 Mar 2011   Print   Send a link
The Nation (Lagos), 23 Feb 2011, Tayo Owolabi: "To further strengthen broadcasting in Nigeria, the World Service Trust of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Nigeria gave out state-of-the-art broadcast equipment to four partner stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The stations include the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Hot FM, Love FM and Vision FM. The presentation is part of the implementation of the Media Support for Strengthening Advocacy, Good Governance and Empowerment (MESSAGE) project which is managed by the BBC Service Trust and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Country Director of BBC World Service Trust, Ms Linda Nwoke who was represented by the Project Manager of MESSAGE, Mr. Tom Odemwingie revealed that it was discovered in 2009 that most stations had dilapidated equipment and, as part of its efforts to strengthen the broadcast industry in the country, the BBC deemed it fit to give out equipment to selected stations." See also USAID Nigeria Peace and Democratic Governance web page.

Update: The Nation (Lagos), 4 Mar 2011, Dr Ray Firkland is the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission, interviewed by Evelyn Osagie: "What is the nature of your organisation’s partnership with British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC World Service Trust (BBCWST)? Firkland: Well, we have an agreement, a partnership with the BBC World Trust on the Media Support for Strengthening Advocacy Good Governance and Empowerment (MESSAGE). The United States is committed to supporting such broad-based participation. The promotion of a stronger participation requires responsive government and public participation with an unbiased media. Together, we have been presenting some equipment to some radio stations across the country, the recent ones were in Lagos. BBCWST is providing the technical expertise and airtime, and other contributions. We are providing financial assistance. So, it’s a real partnership . It’s not just a US programme."