The British public broadcaster (BBC) has announced that it will launch six new African language services this year as part of its expansion project.
Apart from the six languages namely: Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya, Igbo, Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin, there will also be five other languages from Asia and Korea.
Afaan Oromo and Amharic are widely spoken in Ethiopia, while Tigrinya is mainly spoken in Eritrea and also in some parts of Ethiopia. In Nigeria and West Africa the Pidgin language is spoken as well as Igbo and Yoruba.
This is by far the biggest expansion that the 94-year old broadcaster has done in years since it was forced to cut-down its Portuguese for Africa language offering in 2011 because of budget constraints. This new development was made possible after a financial boost from the UK government.
BBCs director general, Tony Hall was heard saying that this expansion marks to confirm the broadcasters global vision to reach over half a billion viewers all over the world.
The BBCs African language service is currently broadcasting in four languages namely: Hausa, Kirundi, Somali and Swahili. With the new addition to the service, the broadcaster will now raise its number to 10 and hopes to grow even further in the future.