BBC sets up FM station in Kuwait
The BBC have launched a new FM radio station in Kuwait, re-broadcasting the programmes of the BBC World Service in English 24 hours a day. The station will simply be known as BBC 100.1 FM.
Jerry Timmins, Head of Africa and Middle East Region, BBC World Service, said: "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."
"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." Khalid Al-Tarrah, Director of the Kuwait Information Centre in London, said: "We are delighted to have World Service broadcasting in Arabic and now also in English from Kuwait.
"This represents a significant milestone in the wider dissemination of news and current affairs programming in the region.
"This new agreement is a crowning moment in the well-established co-operation between Kuwait's Ministry of Information and the BBC."
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.