The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is investing nearly $10 million in modern multimedia production studios which will employ 250 people, 200 Kenyan nationals.
The investment will in addition provide an internship and mentoring programme for upcoming journalists, digital and technical producers.
“From Nairobi, the BBC will work with local broadcasters and independent production companies to create local and regional content across various genres, including business and health,” a briefing note for President Uhuru Kenyatta from BBC Senior Editor Solomon Mugera said.
The international broadcaster of good repute intends on introducing six new language services: Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya which will be produced in Nairobi for Ethiopian and Eritrean audiences; the other three language services, Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin will be based in Lagos, Nigeria.
President Kenyatta said, “We have made massive investments in infrastructure that make us the investment destination of choice for many and we are elated that the BBC is making these giant steps that will lead to employment of some of Kenya’s talent.”
The Kenyan leader is in The United Kingdom to attend the Third London Conference on Somalia.