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VOA Launches Magazine Program Perspectives

Monday through Friday, the six-minute feed program presents a unique perspective on issues affecting people on the African continent

Washington, D.C., April 17, 2006 - The Voice of America (VOA) today launched Perspectives, its new daily English-language television program for viewers in sub-Saharan Africa. Hosted by Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, the Monday through Friday six-minute feed program presents a unique perspective on issues affecting people on the African continent.

"Africa has the largest number of people tuning in to VOA's radio, television, and Internet programs," said VOA Director David Jackson. "Over the last several years, we have had a great deal of success placing VOA television programs on stations in Africa."

Perspectives is presented in a magazine format, combining information about Africa, the United States, and the world. Host Ndimyake Mwakalyelye will interview newsmakers, analysts, government officials, and everyday citizens to get a variety of opinions on issues and events affecting the African continent. Lighter topics such as pop-culture, box office hits, music, sports, and highlights from Hollywood will round out the program.

In addition to Perspectives, VOA TV also broadcasts to audiences in Africa the programs Washington Forum, Special Report Africa, Africa Journal, Healthy Living, and Straight Talk Africa. Perspectives is offered to the more than 40 affiliate television stations in Africa that are currently carrying VOA programming.

Perspectives airs at 1445 UTC and can be seen on AF and IOR satellites. Additional information about VOA Africa TV programming can be found at

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages.

For more information, please contact VOA's Office of Public Affairs at 202-203-4959 or via E-mail at