Friday, February 16, 2007

UNCG Launches Independent Radio

The United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) in collaboration with the Mass Communications Department, Fourah Bay College (FBC) has yesterday 14th February, 2007 launched what they dubbed as Independent Radio News IRN which attracted a galaxy of Journalists from both the Electronic and Print Media at the Mount Aureol Radio Station’s Conference Hall.

In her brief statement, the Program Coordinator, UNCG, Ms. Ann Bernette said that the Organization was formed in 1995 in Switzerland and has branches in most West African Countries. According to her, IRN is an independent studio that has respect for Media Laws in the Country. She said the IRN will cover the whole country and its correspondents will file in daily reports from the provinces. She assured their determination to provide up to the minute coverage of the 28th July Elections and results.

Ms. Bernadette Cole, a Representative of FBC’s Mass Communications Department maintained that they are happy to host the Project, adding that it will serve as a capacity building to the department since most of the department’s students who will participate in the IRC stand to benefit from the training and education that would be provided to them.

George Barnet, a broadcaster with the UNCG informed that they will be working in collaboration with the United Nations Radio and Radio Mount Aureol in order to disseminate accurate and reliable information to the people. He said they planned to use advanced computer technology and digital recorders in gathering and presenting their news reports. He promised that within six months, the studio will produce six hours of daily broadcasts in the five main languages spoken in Sierra Leone which are Krio, Mende, Temne, Limba as well as English.

Link to UNCG Launches Independent Radio in Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone News