A new transmitter at Dakar is bringing French radio to one million three hundred thousand Senegalese for the first time.
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Background: A new transmitter at Dakar is bringing French radio to one million three hundred thousand Senegalese for the first time.
M. Daouda Sow, Senegal's information Minister, has just officially opened (12 July) the 20 kilowatt transmitter which was installed by French and Senegalese technicians.
France financed the project and M. Sow thanked the French Government and people of their help. He said he hoped this was only a first step in improving radio in Senegal. With continued French aid the government intended to install similar transmitters at Tambacounda, Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor.
M. Xavier de la Chevalerie, the French ambassador in senegal, and M. Contamine, Deputy Director of O.R.T.F., the French National TV, were among guests at the ceremony.
M. de la Chevalerie said the project showed the desire for cooperation between the two countries.
People in the Thies, Sine-Saloum and Diourbel areas can how hear international link programmes via the new transmitter.
When the other transmitters are set up Radio Senegal, with a broadcasting strength to more than 400 kilowatts, will have one of the best radio coverage in West Africa.
SYNOPSIS: A new transmitter station at Dakar, Senegal, is bringing French radio to one million three hundred thousand Senegalese for the first time.
French and Senegalese government and radio officials attended the official opening of the transmitter on Thursday it was installed by technicians of both countries with French money from the government's aid and cooperation fund.
M. Contamine, deputy director of ORTF, toured the transmitter which will give French radio more than a million potential new listeners. M. Xavier de la Chevalerie, French ambassador in Senegal, said the project showed the desire for cooperation between the two countries already joined by sovereignty.
M. Daouda Sow, Senegal's Information Minister, thanked the French government and people. He said that with continued French help the government hoped to install other 20 kilowatt transmitters at Tambacounda Saint Louis and Ziguinchor. Radio Senegal wold then have one of the best radio coverage in the West Africa.