The UK’s British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is creating 250 new jobs in Kenya through an investment of nearly $10m in modern multi-media production studios in the East African country, editor Solomon Mugera told President Uhuru Kenyatta in a briefing note on Friday.
During the third day of his UK visit, the President was told that two hundred of the jobs will go to Kenyans and additionally, the investment will 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,” the briefing note said.
The international broadcaster is also introducing six new language services: three of them Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya will be produced in Nairobi for audiences in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Announcing the news on Twitter, President Kenyatta said: “I commend the BBC for its new investment in Kenya. Kenya is known for its thriving democracy, which guarantees a free and robust media.
“Kenya is also known for skilled talent in the media and the arts, and unmatched ICT infrastructure on the continent.
“We have made massive investments in infrastructure that make us the investment destination of choice for many.
“We are elated that the BBC is making these giant steps that will lead to employment of some of Kenya’s talent.”
The BBC already produces Kiswahili and Somali programmes from its bureau in Nairobi. The other three new languages Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin will be based in Lagos, Nigeria,” the note said.