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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 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.

Quick Facts

Established: May 1976

Target Areas: Lusophone Africa

Weekly Audience: Angola 10%,
Mozambique 26.4% (Maputo–capital 47%, Beira 35%)

Radio Programming: 10 hrs live per week

TV Programming: 15 min. per week

Digital Programming:

Facebook Live 30 min. M-Th and
an hour and a half on Friday

Programs and features available at:


VOA Portugues or VOA em Portugues









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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.

Washington Fora d’horas (Washington After Hours) is 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. It includes videos produced in Washington and by stringers in Africa.

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

VOA Portuguese to Africa currently has two TV affiliates in Mozambique which air VOA60Africa, VOA60Mundo, VOA60Americ, Red Carpet and Washington Bureau, four radio affiliates in Guinea-Bissau, and one radio affiliate in Cape Verde. In addition, the service has one TV affiliate in Cape Verde which uses VOA60s products, Red Carpet and other videos produced by the service. The service has also a new partnership with National TV in Mozambique.