Fana Broadcasting Corporate launches Arabic Language program

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June 26, 2020

One of Ethiopia’s state-owned media outlets Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) launched an Arabic Language Program.

It will be available on social media and the internet, according to an FBC report on Tuesday.

FBC said that the program is launched with the intention to engage Arabic speaking world in North Africa and the Gulf region, among other areas.

Television transmission has not commenced, and FBC said that preparations are underway to allocate airtime for Arabic contents. 

The station provides service in five local languages (Afar, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrigna, and Somali), and one international language (English).



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4 Responses to "Fana Broadcasting Corporate launches Arabic Language program"

  1. Ittu Aba Farda   June 27, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    You must be kidding me! This should have been done a long time ago. I remember there was such a radio program during the late emperor’s days. I used to tune to it when I went back there on vacations. I loved the accent and the word constructions. I heard it was Ethiopians staffed completely. There must be millions now who speak it fluently. I am talking about the jamiyaa(campus) version and the enriched Yemeni one also. I will search for it and see how the younger generation coming up with it. I hope this time it will be reached the halawa drunk world in clearly audible way. The one in the 1960’s was transmitted on a weak power equipment not that audible beyond the country’s borders. I also think Nasser and others could have been jamming it. In any case excellent idea and long time coming.

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  2. Awash Lemma   June 28, 2020 at 4:42 am

    A great idea, but as always, typically, we react rather than do things proactively and act too late. Looking at Egyptian propaganda deafening the world for such a long time where is the so called Ministry of Information (among other institutions)? Does Ethiopia has one?

    Even a novice like me has seen the point and had published an article some years ago recommending a programme in Arabic, among other things.

    In a way, it is like jib kehede wusha chohe. But as an incorrigible optimist let me conclude better late than never!

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  3. Awash Lemma   June 28, 2020 at 4:55 am

    A great idea, but as always, typically, we react rather than do things proactively and act too late. Looking at Egyptian propaganda deafening the world for such a long time where is the so called Ministry of Information (among other institutions)? Does Ethiopia have one?

    Even a novice like me has seen the point and had published an article some years ago recommending a programme in Arabic, among other things.

    As Ittu Aba Farda rightly indicated I also remember during my childhood that there was an Arabic radio programme broadcast by the then govt. Though I didn’t understand a word of it, I guess that was to counter the propaganda from Cairo, which came out to be the leader of the Arabic world. It seems the ‘old, feudal…’ regime had understood the rule of the game much better.

    In a way, it is like jib kehede wusha chohe. But as an incorrigible optimist let me conclude better late than never!

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  4. Ittu Aba Farda   June 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Took a peek today and I liked what I saw. It shows so much maturity and to the point. Kudos.

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