High Commission team enter virtual reality during BBC Africa’s Nairobi bureau launch

Nic Hailey tries Virtual Reality at BBC Africa launch
UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey experiences virtual reality with Lindsey Suter from the BBC’s media technology demonstration team Blue Room during the BBC Africa launch in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/SEMontgomery

UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey and his Deputy Susie Kitchens were among the guests at yesterday’s BBC Africa bureau launch in Nairobi.

The expansion, which is being funded by £291m from the UK government, includes a TV studio and two further live broadcast positions, two radio studios, two radio workspaces and five TV edit suites.

Inaugurated by Francesca Unsworth, the BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs, the new Nairobi bureau is the BBC’s biggest outside London, close to 300 of the 600 corporation’s journalists working across Africa will be based in the new, state-of-the-art facility generating original content in new languages across Africa.

“Our most important investment will be in training the next generation of African reporters and producers to world-class standards,” Ms Unsworth said.

In one of the breakaways from the main launch, BBC Africa’s Business Editor, Larry Madowo, briefed to Mr Hailey, the UK Department for International Development’s Director of Communications Tim Singleton and BBC leadership about BBC Money Daily, just before the show went live. Money Daily will be the first BBC programme to be broadcast daily from Africa.

Larry Madowo at BBC Africa launch
BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, meets guests before the broadcast of Money Daily. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

The BBC World Service opened its Nairobi bureau in 1998 and now broadcasts in a total of 12 African languages as well as English.

“We are celebrating the African journalists and programme makers here today who will carry the torch of BBC professionalism, accuracy and impartiality into the future,” Rachael Akidi Okwir, Head of East Africa Languages for the BBC World Service said.

The High Commission team also embraced the opportunity to learn more about the innovative work the BBC team are doing in artificial reality and virtual reality from the media technology demonstration team Blue Room during the visit.  

To explore some of the BBC’s virtual reality content along with some of their other new ideas and experiments, please visit the Taster website.

Leave a Reply