After 28 days of strike, Radio-France resumed its normal programme. Fast one month of strike, in a national media, it’s unheard of in France, although we know we are the world champions of strikes, and known for that abroad.
That was a pain to a lot of regular listeners, and I do podcast a lot of broadcasts from France-Culture & France-Inter, but all in all it was the chance to rediscover the music on my ipod while going to work (see here).
That also was the opportunity to listen to Radio France Internationale, the french counterpart of the BBC world service, and I must say I was quiet surprised by the quality of its programmes. Not only does it offer news from remote regions that you never hear of on the national media (especially in Africa), but it also delivers in deep reports that are great pieces of journalistic work.
I don’t listen to RFI in a web browser, since I am lucky to own an electronic radio that acts as a normal radio, but can also connect to your wifi network and allow the access to thousands of radios throughout the world. It’s a fantastic device, I’ve been using it for seven years now, and I couldn’t go without it :
The good news is that you can listen to and read the news of RFI in…twelve languages ! English, spanish, portuguese from Portugal, portuguese from Brazil, arabic, russian, romanian, mandarin chinese, thai, vietnamese, kiswahili, and hausa, which is a language I didn’t even know about. Hausa is mainly spoken in west Africa, and it’s spoken as a first language by about 35 million people. Six months ago, the BBC has also launched a special branch in Hausa.
We are in societies where the pictures are the queens of the mass media, nevertheless radio remains a powerful way to explore the world, it shows again its diversity in people and languages.