VOA Broadcasting in Portuguese to Africa
The VOA Portuguese to Africa service broadcasts to Lusophone Africa and other countries where there are sizable Portuguese-speaking communities. The Portuguese broadcasts also reach East Timor, a Portuguese-speaking country in Southeast Asia, as well as Brazil via shortwave and the Internet. The program line-up includes news, discussions, interviews and a wide variety of features, including music and art. The service also broadcasts the one-hour call-in show Angola, Fala So every Friday and it offers several video products, such as the VOA60 news capsule and the Hollywood-oriented Red Carpet.
Established: May 1976
Target area: Lusophone Africa
Weekly Audience: Angola 10%,
Radio Programming: 10 hours live per week, Facebook Live 30 minutes M-Th and
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Programs and Features
The Service produces a 90-minute program, Monday-Thursday, from 1700-1830 UTC. Friday broadcast airs for two hours (from 1630-1830 UTC) including a one-hour long Angola call-in.
The 90-minute weekday program takes a comprehensive look at the day’s events, including business and sports, interviews, reports, and features.
The first half-hour includes Angola Window, which covers the daily lives of Angolans with stringers based in Luanda (the capital) and in all of the country’s provinces. On weekends, Angola Window focuses on current political issues, as well as social and cultural themes.
On Fridays, it offers a 60-minute call-in show, Angola, Fala Só (Just Say It) from 16:30-17:30 UTC in which a guest answers questions from listeners from Angola.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Service broadcasts a 60-minute show from 1700-1800 UTC. Broadcast highlights include Your Health, Agenda Africa, Themes and Debates, Arts and Entertainment, Politics in Angola & Top Ten, Angola’s Human Face or Angola’s Culture, Ask Dr. Nidia and Listener Club.
The Service produces a 30-minute Facebook live show Monday-Friday and also broadcasts its one-hour Angola Fala So show on Facebook Live on Fridays.
VOA Portuguese to Africa currently has two radio affiliates in Mozambique (Nova Radio Paz in Quelimane and Encontro in Nampula); two in Guinea-Bissau, Radio Pindjiguiti and Capital FM. It has one radio affiliate in Cape Verde. In addition, the service has a TV affiliate, TIM, in Mozambique which airs VOA60Africa and Red Carpet, as well as one TV affiliate in Cape Verde, TIVER Noticias, which uses VOA60, Red Carpet and other videos produced by the Service. The Service started a new partnership with National TV in Mozambique.