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 $376m (£289m) 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.
— Nic Hailey (@HCNicHailey) November 5, 2018
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.
During the launch of the largest BBC bureau in the world outside the UK. This will create significant investment in the future of African Journalists thus generate new content for Africa. @WilliamsRuto pic.twitter.com/7DJy4RNraQ
— Hon. Aden Duale (@HonAdenDuale) November 5, 2018
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.
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.
— Susie Kitchens (@SusieKitchens) November 5, 2018
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 during the visit.
The UKinKenya team enjoying learning more about the innovative work the BBC team are doing in artificial reality & virtual reality during today’s BBC Africa HQ launch today in Nairobi #MeetBBCEastAfrica pic.twitter.com/AhBBpWsNwD
— UK in Kenya (@UKinKenya) November 5, 2018
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.