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Kuwait gets new English FM station


For the first time, listeners in Kuwait will now be able to hear BBC World Service programmes in English, thanks to the launch of BBC 100.1 FM.

“This is the first fully dedicated BBC English relay on air in the Gulf.

Listeners in Kuwait can now hear for the first time the full range of BBC programmes in English in crystal clear quality via the new BBC 100.1 FM station,” says Jerry Timmins, head of Africa & Middle East Region, BBC World Service.

“This complements our existing 24/7 BBC Arabic relay on 90.1 FM and is a further example of the long-standing and positive co-operation the BBC enjoys with Kuwait.”

The programmes broadcast on BBC 100.1 FM range from health and sport to business and music.

They include the BBC’s flagship programme Newshour, which is 60 minutes of news and analysis of the day’s top stories from the BBC’s most experienced correspondents, Outlook, which brings human interest stories from across the globe, and World, Have Your Say — the daily multimedia interactive phone-in programme encouraging people across the world to question experts and leading international figures in the news.

“We are delighted to have BBC World Service broadcasting in Arabic and now also in English from Kuwait,” says Khalid AITarrah, director of the Kuwait Information Centre in London.

“This represents a significant milestone in the wider dissemination of news and current affairs programming in the region.”

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