A new television transmitting station has been opened at Thies, Senegal, 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the capital, Dakar.
CU: flags PAN ACROSS TO new TV station building
SV and GV: President Senghor inspecting guard of honour (3 shots)
SV: Senghor cutting ceremonial ribbon
SV: crowd watching
SV INTERIOR: President Senghor being shown new installations (3 shots)
SV EXTERIOR PAN DOWN FROM TV: mast TO new installations
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Background: A new television transmitting station has been opened at Thies, Senegal, 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the capital, Dakar.
SYNOPSIS: The new station was built at a cost of 300 million CFA Francs (over GBP 700,000 sterling) and was inaugurated recently by Senegal's President Leopold Senghor. It will extend the range of Senegal's television programmes, which were previously restricted to the Dakar region. The new transmitter will beam to a distance of 120 kilometres (about 75 miles).
President Senghor cut the ceremonial ribbon - and in doing so formally opened the first stage of a programme of technological development which will eventually give Senegal national television transmission.
After the opening ceremony President Senghor was taken on a tour of the new installations. Within five years it is hoped to complete the Senegalese national television network and the cost estimate for this project is in the region of one billion, 800 million CFA francs (over GBP 4,000,000 sterling). Senegalese television was opened in 1972, with coverage of the Munich Olympic Games. This year Dakar and the new station at Thies will beam daily programmes on the Montreal Olympics to those members of Senegal's population who live within range of a transmitter and have access to a television receiver.