VOA adds Amharic morning show

VOA PRESS RELEASE – Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008 – The Voice of America’s (VOA) Amharic Service has launched a new morning radio show, offering an additional half-hour of up-to-the-minute news and information to millions of VOA listeners throughout Ethiopia.

The new morning show features on-the-ground news reports, the latest U.S. and world news, cultural highlights, and in-depth coverage of social, political and economic issues directly affecting Ethiopians.

“We’re always striving to meet the growing needs of our audience,” said VOA Amharic Service Chief David Arnold. “We want to reach the widest possible audience, particularly in the rural areas where listenership has peaked,” he added.

The morning show airs live, Monday-Friday at 0300 UTC (6:00 a.m. local) via shortwave. In addition, VOA Amharic airs a one-hour evening show at 1800 UTC (9:00 p.m. local), seven days a week. Both programs are available live and on demand at www.VOANews.com/horn.

VOA’s Horn of Africa Service broadcasts 12 hours a week, in the Amharic, Afan Oromo and Tigrigna languages. More than 11 percent of Ethiopia’s 76.5 million people tune in to VOA Amharic weekly.

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 more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

3 comments on “VOA adds Amharic morning show

  1. Belaye Zeleke on

    Dear VOA Producers and Staff Members

    This is much needed news for millions of the voiceless Ethiopians at home who are forbidden to listen, read and research free and unfiltered information by the TPLF tyrant regime. God willing tomorrow our people at home will be able to read , ER,EMF,Abugidainfo Abbay Media other reliable sources who work so hard to expose the evil TPLF regime inform citizens what’s at stake.

    Thanks VOA

  2. fekreselassie on

    Thanks & God Bless u all the managers & producers of VOA, this is realy a great favour for the people of Ethiopia who is suffering from dictatoorship.

    Thanks alot once again!!!!!

  3. Alemayehu on

    To the VOA Amharic Service.
    I am so disappointed about the interview that had broadcasted with single mom Ristey Mebrahitu. The issue was about the relability of the information was not cross checked by the journalist Solomon. He casted or aired without good knowledge of the meeting that had been conducted on dec 6, 2008. She is an ordinary woman, and no body assigns her as representative of the wolkait tekede people and she can’t represent us. But, she did say as she was assigned. No, she misled you guys. Wrong info. She had brought the announcement or decision message from DC particularly from the “KINGIT” and old ideology from other parties that oppose EPRDF in general.
    To make it clear, no decision has been made and concluded, no body assigned her as representative, she is unfit to represent the whole region. She did it for the sake of her name.
    Please review that and make correction. For more info, ask some guys from the right source.
    In conclusion, the interview was distractive, inaccurate, inbalance, and wrong and false information was broadcasted by a well known journalist(Solomon)and in a well known media. Solomon, do you have some justifications that substaniate your interview? Use apprpraite source, credible, accurate, and relable information. Example, names and signatures of the participants rather than making it exaggrating.
    You know, how to select news, and some other info.

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