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CRI Launches First Overseas FM Radio Station
    2006-04-14 20:08:34      Xinhua

GOV.cn   Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Wang Gengnian, director-general of China Radio International (CRI), speaks during a synchronous live program marking the official launching of CRI's first overseas FM radio station, in Nairobi, captial of Kenya, Feb. 27, 2006. CRI officially launched its first overseas FM radio station in Kenya Feb. 27. CRI 91.9 FM in Nairobi provides 19 hours of programs a day in English, KiSwahili and Chinese to about 2 million audience in the capital of the East African nation. [Xinhua Photo]


Kenyan Minister of Information and Communications Mutahi Kagwe speaks at a banquet to celebrate the official launching of China Radio International's first overseas FM radio station, at the Chinese Embassy to Kenya in Nairobi, captial of Kenya, Feb. 27, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Wang Gengnian (L), director-general of China Radio International (CRI), Wachira Waruru (R), managing director of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, and Guo Chongli (R Rear), Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, push the opening buttons during the official launching ceremony of CRI's first overseas FM radio station in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Feb. 27, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Wang Gengnian (L), director-general of China Radio International (CRI), speaks as Wachira Waruru (C), managing director of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, and Guo Chongli, Chinese ambassador to Kenya, listen during the official launching ceremony of CRI's first overseas FM radio station in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Feb. 27, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]


Wang Gengnian (L), director-general of China Radio International (CRI), shakes hands with Wachira Waruru (R), managing director of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, after signing an agreement on China's presenting broadcasting equipment to Kenya, in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Feb. 27, 2006. [Xinhua Photo]

China Radio International (CRI), China's only radio station running a world service, officially launched its first overseas FM radio station in Nairobi on Monday.

CRI 91.9 FM in Nairobi provides 19 hours of programs a day in English, KiSwahili and Chinese to about two million listeners in the capital of the east African nation.

The programs cover China's economic, social and cultural development, as well as China's friendly exchanges with African countries, and major events around the world. Listeners will also be able to enjoy music from China, Africa and the rest of the world and take part in programs.

Kenyan Minister for Information and Communications Mutahi Kagwesaid "CRI will indeed open a window upon which Kenyans will listen to China's rich cultural heritage."

"I appreciate the vital role that China has played and continues to play in the economic development of Kenya. I am convinced that the launch of CRI in Nairobi will open up new possibilities of exchanges as well as creating synergy in our different fields of our social endeavors like culture, tourism and the media," Kagwe said.

CRI Director-General Wang Gengnian said at the launching ceremony that the FM radio service in Nairobi will help build a new bridge of friendship over the air to facilitate communication and cooperation between the Chinese and Kenyan people.

"The new FM service in Nairobi is the first of its kind run by CRI outside China. Our mission here is to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and Kenyan people, as well as other African nations, by providing reports on China and Kenya, Africa and the world," Wang said.

The director-general said that CRI will make great efforts to provide the best programs to meet Kenyan listeners' needs, creating a link to China and the world for the Kenyan audience.

"(Kenyan) President Mwai Kibaki's visit to China last August further strengthened bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture, education and so on. The new channel, 91.9 FM ... was designated as a joint cooperative program of the two governments," Wang said.

Tian Jin, China's vice minister of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, speaking in Beijing, commended the launch of the station as a major step to consolidate and strengthen the friendship between the governments and people of China and Kenya.

The station will provide the Kenyan people with quicker and easier access to the latest developments in China and the rest of the world, Tian said.

China Radio International, formerly known as Radio Beijing, was founded on Dec. 3, 1941, with the aim of promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of China and other countries. CRI now offers 1,035 hours of radio programming a day in 40 foreign languages in addition to Standard Chinese and four Chinese dialects.



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