Afro 105.3 FM all English radio launched in Ethiopia
Afro 105.3, an English language radio station in Ethiopia, started test transmissions on FM from the end of November with music and programs for 18 hours a day. The new station will beam on FM 105.3 and is established by Addis Alemayehu and his wife, Martha Wondimu, with capital of 3 million birr (US$306,000). Addis Alemayehu told Capital that, so far, his company has invested close to 1.8 million birr (US$184,000) and is finalizing assessments on the interest of its target audience.
Currently, there are five FM stations, all in Amharic. Desta Tesfaw, Deputy Director-General of the Ethiopian Broadcasting Agency, told Capital that the international community should have a station for information, news and entertainment while living and working in Addis. “Based on a recent study, we have seen the importance of station for this target audience.” said Desta.
In 1999, a proclamation to provide for the systematic management of broadcast services came into force. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Agency is established as an autonomous Federal Administrative Agency.
(EthioBlog via rnw media network)
(The station has website at http://afro105fm.com/home)