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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 a daily 30-minute Facebook Live, Washington After Hours, it produces a Washington bureau feature for national television of Mozambique, TVM, and it offers several video products, such as the VOA60 news capsule and the Hollywood-oriented Red Carpet.

Quick Facts

Established: May 1976

Target Areas: Lusophone Africa

Radio: 12.5 hrs per week

TV: 15 min. per week Red Carpet

VOA60 Africa 1 minute 5 days/week
VOA60 World 1 minute 5 days/week

Digital Programming:

Facebook Live:

Washington After Hours -- 30 min. M-F

Angola, Saúde em Foco -- One-hour Friday

Programs and features available at:


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Programs and Features

The service produces a 90-minute program, Monday-Thursday, from 1700-1830 UTC. The Friday broadcast is two-hours long (from 1630-1830 UTC) and includes a one-hour long Angola call-in program. 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 several of the country’s provinces. On weekends, Angola Window focuses on current political issues, as well as social and cultural themes.

Angola, Saúde em Foco (Angola, Health in Focus): a 60-minute weekly Facebook Live and shortwave radio show focusing on improving health in Angola. The interactive program invites listener questions for health care professionals and provides prevention and practical solutions for Africans including good health during pregnancy, easy hygiene practices, fitness, and healthy eating habits.

Washington Fora d’horas (Washington After Hours): a fast-paced daily 30-minute Facebook Live show providing breaking news in politics, economics and social issues all over the world and in Lusophone Africa.

Passadeira Vermelha (Red Carpet): a 15-minute weekly program that covers the latest in celebrity news, fashion, sports, film and television around the world.

Washington Bureau: a weekly feature about the U.S. produced for the National Television of Mozambique.

VOA Portuguese to Africa currently has two TV affiliates in Mozambique which air “ “VOA60Africa,” “VOA60Mundo,” and “Red Carpet,” as well as 4 radio affiliates. The service also has seven radio affiliates in Guinea-Bissau, and two radio and one TV affiliates in Cape Verde.