BBC World Service launches Ebola Radio Network for West Africa

BBC World Service has today (September 22) launched its Ebola Radio Network for West Africa.

Every evening shortwave transmission to the region will be increased, with a news round-up on efforts to fight the disease, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Director of BBC World Service Group Peter Horrocks said: “Lack of knowledge, and myths about the disease are killing people as surely as Ebola is.

“Quality information from both within and outside the countries affected about how the risks of Ebola can be safely managed will save lives.

“The range of emergency activities on Ebola from the BBC World Service are in the finest traditions of the humanitarian instincts of our broadcasting.”

In addition to other programming, the regular nine-minute News About West Africa will air on weekdays at 7.50pm, presented by Kim Chakanetsa.

Since August, BBC Africa and the BBC’s international development charity Media Action have collaborated on two weekly Ebola bulletins on the BBC’s English, French and Hausa services.

The 30-minute Kick Ebola Nar Salone (Kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone) is produced weekly and broadcast three times a week on 35 partner stations in the country.

 

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.