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VOA Launches Weekday TV Program for Africa

VOA launches In Focus to provide Africans with news and information

Washington, D.C., October 6, 2008 - The Voice of America (VOA) today launched In Focus, a 30-minute television program that provides Africans with the latest news and information about Africa and the world.

"We have designed In Focus to bring viewers closer to important issues and events, not only those happening around the African continent, but also those in the United States and in other parts of the world," said VOA Director Danforth Austin.

In Focus, a magazine format, will include interviews with American and African government officials, discussions, special segments devoted to health and other issues, entertainment and human interest stories.

Vincent Makori and Ndimyake Mwakalyelye are the co-hosts. Makori previously anchored the television call-in program Africa Journal, and Mwakalyelye hosted Perspectives, a weekday television news brief.

VOA ( airs In Focus Monday-Friday, 1630 -1700 UTC/GMT on Intelsat 907 and New Skies 703 satellites, with repeat transmissions immediately following. TV Africa in Accra, Ghana, WBS in Kampala, Uganda and Citizen TV in Nairobi, Kenya will carry the program.

VOA also produces the television programs Straight Talk Africa (in English) and Washington Forum (in French). 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 approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 134 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, please call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail