On 19 July 2017 the main Radio Mogadishu transmitter, which has been broadcasting to the capital city and surrounding area since it was installed in 2011, was replaced with a new 5 kilowatt FM transmitter. This was achieved by a coordinated effort by the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism with the Bar Kulan Trust (BKT), supported by USAID and UNSOS. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Information, Deputy Minister of Information, the Director General and the Director of Radio Mogadishu spoke at the event to cut the ribbon of the new transmitter that took place today in the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism.
“This cooperation in maintaining and improving media in Somalia demonstrates the importance of the media sector, recognised by the international organisations that have been involved in this and other Somali media development initiatives. The new 5 kilowatt transmitter will increase the coverage and the reach out areas of Radio Mogadishu, and is part of the over plan of the ministry to expand its reach to more citizens, especially those in rural areas.” commented HE Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
The Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mahdi Mohamed Guled (Khadar) cut the ribbon of the new transmitter and encouraged the ministry of information to continue expanding the reach of radio Mogadishu to rural areas in the country. The Deputy PM continued to say that media development in the country is key to the progress that the Federal Government aims to achieve so that people can be given opportunities to take part in the rebuilding of the country.
UNSOS through BKT has provided support to Radio Mogadishu and the Ministry during 2011 to 2014. This included assisting in the digitisation of the Radio Mogadishu archive and playing a part in the first Somali Cultural Festival in 2014 and other assistance in the past, and the transmitter that has been replaced, which was provided by UNSOS and has been used by Radio Mogadishu since 2011. BKT hopes to continue this relationship with the Ministry, including development of Somali public broadcasting in line with the Somali Media Law.