The BBC World Service was in Uganda on 3rd April to broadcast BBC Minute– the dynamic 60 second news blast aimed at younger audiences around the world.
BBC Minute bulletins are vibrant summaries of the news headlines and topical stories which are relevant to young people and delivered in a style that entertains as well as educates and informs. It is broadcast twice an hour, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by a team of journalists in London.
BBC Minute was marking its second birthday by sending a team of journalists to Uganda, where BBC Minute was partnering with three stations – XFM in Kampala, Victoria FM in Jinja and King FM in Gulu. The team broadcast for 24 hours from Kampala, beginning at 8am from the XFM studios before heading to Makerere University later in the day.
BBC World Service is also launching additional youth news products with BBC Minute On … 60 second features that focus on a single subject and delve into the stories which matter most to young audiences. There will be two BBC Minute On … available each day, elaborating on one particular news item or topic of interest – from the latest tech and business to science, fitness and he trends behind the headlines.
Stephen Titherington, Sr Commissioning Editor of BBC World Service English said: “BBC Minute delivers impartial news coverage to young Ugandans who are curious about the world and eager to stay up to speed on the latest breaking news, sport and entertainment. With the new BBC Minute On…, we’ll be able to offer these listeners additional information on the key story of the day and explore other themes or subjects that reflect the world around us.”
BBC Minute launched in 2015, and BBC World Service now partner with radio stations in countries around the world. Partners take BBC Minute and air them on their own stations, bringing the BBC World Service’s trusted journalism to new audiences. Radio stations will also be able to receive new BBC Minute On … which focus on a single subject in more detail. BBC Minute is also available to download via itunes, Spotify, Tunein and via the BBC World Service’s own website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03q8kd9
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BBC Minute presenterDebulaKemoli
Debulainitially studied BSc Industrial Chemistry at the University of Nairobi but switched gears when she moved to the UK, where she studied politics at SOAS University of London graduating with a 1st class honours. It was whilst at SOAS that she honed her radio skills, and co-founded a Swahili hip hop radio show called ‘SemaSasa’ for the university. She joined the BBC in 2015 as a freelancer. Prior to that she worked as a reporter and presenter for Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Tanzania.
Chris Gibson,Assistant Editor, BBC Minute
Chrisis a British journalist who has spent the last decade covering major political and international events from the financial crisis to Brexit to the US election campaign. Formerly the BBC’s Politics Producer, Chris has covered every twist and turn from the corridors of power in Westminster as well as travelling the world with the British Prime Minister including to the Syrian Border. As New York producer, Chris covered the US election campaign closely and was one of the few non-American journalists to criss-cross the US aboard Hillary Clinton’s campaign plane. He now runs the BBC Minute team and is attempting to train for his first marathon whilst in Kampala.
Other BBC Minute presenters who were in Uganda on 3rd April include Priyanka Deladia, Sophie Bauckham and Tom Kavanagh.
BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 28 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 246 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. For more information, visit bbc.com/worldservice. The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 320 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.