Tuesday, December 18, 2007

"Private" radio stations hit airwaves

There was a communist era joke about a private TV station in Soviet Union with permit to broadcast on separate channel. But when excited viewers switched to Channel 2, all they saw was a man pointing a Kalashnikov telling them to listen to the man on Channel 1.

...Some critics say Meaza [Birru] and Mimi Sebihatu, a veteran of Voice of America who is setting up the other private radio station, were selected over 10 other applicants because of pro-government sympathies. Both have had shows on government radio.

Ethiopia cracks open airwaves to commercial radio (Christian Science Monitor) December 19, 2007
Mimi Sebhatu wins all the stakes in Ethiopia (Indian Ocean Newsletter N° 1169) February 18, 2006