INTRODUCTION: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal has given support for the proposed creation of a pan-African news agency.
SV INTERIOR: delegates seated at African National Radio and Television networks Union (URTNA) conference in Dakar, Senegal.
SV: conference chairman Mamadou.
SV PAN: delegates from Upper Volta (nearest camera) and others seated.
SV: Benin Republic delegation.
SV: others seated, including Yugoslav delegates.
SV PAN: other delegates.
SCU: Algerian delegate (centre) with Eire delegate in background.
LV PAN: delegates
LV AND CU: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal addressing conference.
SV: delegates give Senghor standing ovation.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal has given support for the proposed creation of a pan-African news agency. The news media across the continent rely on international news agencies, mostly western-oriented. He told the seventeenth general meeting of URTNA -- the African Radio and Television Networks Union. It was not time to follow the true spirit of African co-operation, he said.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting opened on Thursday (27 January) in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. It was attended by 140 delegates representing 30 member countries and eight associate member--nations -- mostly western European. Among items on its agenda were applications for full membership from the Comoroes and Ethiopia, and requests for associate membership from Belgium and Saudi Arabia. The Union was formed in 1962 to co-ordinate the exchange of technical and broadcasting information and ideas among radio and television stations on the continent. It has two permanent technical centres in Mali.
President Senghor told the conference that the Union had his support for the proposed pan-African news agency. It's creation is on the agenda for the Organisation of African Unity's Information Ministers meeting in Ethiopia in April. This would fill the gap in African affairs coverage, he said.