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VOA Broadcasting Bambara to Mali

VOA’s Bambara Service to Mali produces a mix of news and interactive programming for radio and the Internet. VOA Bambara programming airs through local FM transmitters in the three main cities: Bamako, Gao, and Timbuktu. VOA Bambara is a reliable source of news for millions of Malians. It is also one of the main sources of independent news in the country, especially its northern parts, which are largely controlled by Tuareg separatists and Islamist groups.

Quick Facts

Established: March 2013

Target area: Mali

Weekly Audience: 6.3 percent

Radio Programming: 4.5 hours per week

Placement: 24/7 FM streams in Bamako, Gao and Timbuktu and a dozen of affiliates throughout the country

Programs and additional features available at:


VOA Bambara

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