Panic Mode as Al Jazeera Starts Swahili Radio & TV Preparations


The News that Qatar’s Al Jazeera network plans to open an East Africa Swahili Radio and TV Network has sent established players in the region into a frenzied panic mode.

Al Jazeera Swahili is one of the two new channels that the Doha, Qatar based giant is starting this year, the other being Al Jazeera Turkish.

Sources in the know tell Mombasa411 that Al Jazeera plans to raid a number of East African bureaus for talent as they embark on an ambitious expansion strategy that ultimately will make this Qatar giant a truly global media powerhouse.

Under Construction: An Al Jazeera News Studio

Already a number of Swahili News Presenters and Reporters are readying themselves for the interviews and set tentatively for August/September 2011.

Sources close to the heart of the new project intimate to Mombasa411 that Newspaper Advertisements will appear later on this month (July) in a number of publications in East Africa inviting qualified talents to apply for the Al Jazeera Swahili.

However, this news has not been received well with a number of media players in the region, with some media houses resigned to the fact that they will loose some of their best talent to Al Jazeera Swahili.

Sources further intimate that BBC Swahili, Nation Media and Standard Group will most likely be the preffered hunting grounds for the hungry tiger, Al Jazeera Swahili.

The Al Jazeera TV News Studio in Doha, Qatar

This is definetly good news for the Kenyan media industry as it will open up new opportunities for talented individual in Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam.

It is also rumoured along the great corridors of rumourville that a number of top presenters at KTN, NTV and the BBC are ready to abandon ship and join Al Jazeera Swahili…including a *whisper* certain Top respected Swahili TV Investigative Reporter….

The influential television news channel from Qatar has negotiated the rights to install a base in Nairobi in the next few months so that it can cover the whole of East Africa.

Several Al Jazeera officials went to Nairobi in April to meet the director of information, Ezekiel Mutua, his chief Bitange Ndemo, Principal Secretary of the ministry for information and communication, together with other representatives of the Kenyan government.

At the end of their negotiations, Al Jazeera obtained the licences necessary to launch a television channel in Swahili based in Nairobi.

The Qatari channel now only needs to wait for the frequencies to be attributed by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) before it can begin broadcasting in the next three or four months towards East Africa.

Aljazeera becomes the latest entrant to the Swahili Media market, after Radio France International, Dw-World, China Radio International, America’s VOA, Radio Netherlands and of course our dear BBC.

-Mombasa411

27 thoughts on “Panic Mode as Al Jazeera Starts Swahili Radio & TV Preparations

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  1. Nasibu Omary Mgosso kutoka Dar es Salaam Tanzania mwandishi wa habari za maafa. Nawapongeza sana kwa hatua hiyo, tuko pamoja. lakini hakikisheni habari zenu zina balansi siyo mnazungumzia mabaya ya Afrikatu na mazuri mnayafumbia macho. Nivyema mkatafuta waandishi wanao kimudu kiswahili vizuri kuliko kutumia bora wanawezatu

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  2. I would kindly wish to join the rest in congratulating you for the good idea of establishing aradio and TV stations airing in Kiswahili.Its our pride and we are grateful indeed.Would you kindly advise me on how apply for the relevant vacancies.

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  3. MMM.. Nivizuri sana Al J azeera kuweka mitambo na kufungua station ya Radio na Tv ila tatizo ni kwamba uaminifu ni mdogo sana na wizi, kama mitambo hiyo haijawekewa walinzi na walipwe mishahara mizuri basi hata wiki haitofika mitambo ishabebwa, jamani Africa wizi utakwisha lini?

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  4. Kindly am interested in joining you. Kindly consider me to be a swahili presenter or reporter in either Radio or TV in the new media house.Thank you.

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  5. yes this is our time and we need you to employ the talented and forgotten chaps who did nice in their high school but never got achance to join any further education.thanks for the come back.

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  6. Pan-Arab Al Jazeera channel is planning to change its legal status and turn into a private organisation devoted to public interest. The change from a public entity will allow the Doha-based TV station set up in 1996 to embark on an ambitious expansion plan and will provide it with more flexibility in its administrative as well as editorial functioning Qatari dailiesThe PeninsulaandAl Sharqreported.Launchingregional channelsFollowing the change of status the network credited with changing the media landscape in the Arab world will work on launching a host of regional channels that includeAl Jazeera Balkans Al Jazeera TurkeyandAl Jazeera Swahili.The channel will be able to get involved in wider media activities social networking sites mobile and Internet-based news services the daily said.The Arab broadcaster launched on November 1 1996 has reportedly been given the go-ahead to alter its legal status through an amendment formalised by Law 10 2011 ratified by the Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani in May the dailies said.continue reading via … AhamadiThu 14 Jul 2011 2 53 07 pmThank you Al Jazeera for your plan to Broadcast in Swahili i hope you will consider to prepare programs based on Kiwahili ethnics.

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  7. AM ALREADY UP FOR IT! IN MEDIA OF COURSE YOU DON’T WANT TO SPEND YOUR FEW SWEET YEARS IN A LOCAL RADIO STATION-CHANGE IS WHAT WE WANT…YES WE CAN!

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  8. Al Jazeera ni kiboko cha WABABE!!! Ni jambo la kusikitisha sana tena sana kwa muda wa miaka 35 iliopita baada ya kuondoka kwangu Tanzania au East Africa lugha ya kiswahili imetupiliwa mbali na serikali husika za Tanzania, Kenya na Uganda!! nakusudia Kimataifa radio zao hazipatikani kiurahisi, Afristar Satelite tulikua tukipata Kenya baadae nayo ikafa!!
    Uganda na Tanzania ndio wako Kaburini.Ilikua wakati wa uchaguzi wa Awamu ya pili ya Mzee Ali Hassan Mwinyi wakati wa kipindi cha Kampeni za uchagu tukipata RTD baada ya uchaguzi ikatiwa kaburini!!, Nauliza kwa nini lugha yetu ya kiswahili haipewi umuhimu wa radio/tv za taifa za serikali za Afrika Mashariki ikitiliwa maanani kuwa coverage sio Africa Mashariki bali nje yake. East Africa AMKENI!!!

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  9. You have a spelling mistake on the word ‘definitely’ on the first line right after the picture. Otherwise, thanks for the relevant information to the Kenyan media!

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  10. ni nafasi nyengine adhimu ya kukuza na kueneza kiswahili ,lakini pia watu wetu wengi wa eneo hili la Afirka mashariki na kati kupata habari za kwetu na dunia kwa lugha tunayoijua zaidi,shukran ALJAZEERA

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  11. Ni habari nzuri sana-sana. Sasa mambo waaa. Naona zitawafurahisha akina Baba na Mama. Huku Arabuni tupo wengi sanaaa kutoka east africa na wazee ndio watofaidi kwa vile wengi hupendelea “Habari kwa lugha ya Kiswahili” (Kama vile BBC ya KISWAHILI)

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  12. Yes hiyo ni poa sana coz mainstream wataongeza mishahara ama washangae feri.Na wale watabahatika kwenda Al Jazeera watacha mapengo ile wengine wapate kazi.

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  13. Its good News for journalists. A change is as good as a rest. New talent will occupy slots vacated and life will continue.

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  14. Wa wa wa. Good news to Kenyan talent and E. Africa at large.
    Now NTV, KTN, Citizen etc should increase salaries and wages to counter this Giant that can not be shaken by transfer fees.

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