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BBC Hausa Service Commence Advertising

Afolabi Idowu

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has introduced advertising on its Hausa Service website to ramp up revenue. The move is to service key Housa-Speaking listeners outside the UK including Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Ghana By introducing advertising to its language websites, BBC World Service aims to generate revenue that can be reinvested in high-quality journalism and innovative technology.

Commenting on the decision, BBC Hausa Editor, Mansur Liman says, “The BBC Hausa website is a destination of choice for Hausa-speakers, wherever they are, with its offer of up-to-the minute news, features and analysis, bringing to life developments in Nigeria, Niger, Ghana and Cameroon and around the world. As our website starts carrying adverts, its editorial content will continue to stand out for its truly independent and impartial news coverage presenting all sides of the story.

This new development will provide the opportunity to invest further in the site for the benefit of audiences.” Also speaking of the move, Isla Macleod, Digital Business Development Director for EMEA, concludes: “The BBC is one of the most trusted and established international public service broadcasters in Africa. This new opportunity will allow advertisers to reach a Hausa-speaking online audience within the trusted environment of the BBC.”

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