Togolese President Etienne Eyadema officially opened the first Togolese television station at Lome on Tuesday (31st July).
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Background: Togolese President Etienne Eyadema officially opened the first Togolese television station at Lome on Tuesday (31st July). The station, which was constructed with French financial aid, has been operating experimentally for several months.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Eyadema said that the building of the station was well in line with his government's policy of co-operating with those who respected their independence. The French ambassador, Mr. Jean-Pierre Campredon, also praised French-Togolese cooperation.
He said the total cost was 275 million francs CFA (GBP 550,000 sterling) - 105 million for technical equipment and 170 million for construction. At the moment the station has a 100 watt transmitter whose signal can be picked up in the capital and in towns within a 35-mile radius. Togo is the twentieth African country to have a television service.