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BBC Names Its Nairobi Bureau The Largest Outside The UK

The BBC has launched its largest bureau outside of the UK in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi.

Almost 300 of the 600 BBC journalists working all across Africa are now based in the new, state-of-the-art facility.

The Director of BBC News, Francesca Unsworth said that training this new generation of African reporters and producers and transforming them to global standards is currently the most important investment that BBC News is involved in.

The expansion has not come cheap at all and is reportedly being funded by $376m (£289m) from the UK government.

The production space at the bureau includes a TV studio and two additional live broadcast positions, two radio workspaces, two radio studios and five TV edit suites.

Earlier this year another major extension was opened in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos. Three new language services were allocated to the Nigerian hub, while the French services were also expanded in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

The BBC World Service’s Nairobi bureau was opened in 1998. It now broadcasts in a total of 12 African languages with English as the additional language.

The Head of East Africa Languages for BBC World Service, Rachel Akidi Okwir said that BBC is celebrating the African journalists and programme makers who would carry the torch of BBC professionalism, accuracy and impartiality straight into the future and beyond.

The BBC World Service is renowned globally for delivering independent and impartial journalism over many years.


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