On Monday 8 February 2016, Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya) and Richard
Mwanza, Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC),
signed an agreement in Paris for the broadcasting of the France 24 English channel on
Zambian DTTV’s public multiplex.
This agreement was signed at the Elysée Palace in the presence of French President
François Hollande and the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, during the
latter’s official visit to France.
The broadcasting of France 24 in English on DTTV in Zambia, which is expected to start in
the next few weeks, will make the channel accessible to nearly one million Zambian
households. Public DTTV, which was launched by ZNBC in June 2015, currently serves 80%
of homes from North to South, and will cover the whole of Zambia by 2020. France 24 will be
the only international news channel available on DTTV free of charge in Zambia. France 24
is already offered in English as part of the Muvi TV, Starsat and Zuku satellite packages, and
in French as part of the South African DSTV package.
This agreement will strengthen the presence of the France Médias Monde group in Zambia,
where the RFI radio station is broadcast on FM in the capital Lusaka (in French and in
English), as well as in the country’s second city, Kitwe (in French, English and Swahili).
Zambia has a population of 15 million and has borders with eight other countries, thus
forming a crossroads between Southern, Central and Eastern Africa. COMESA (the
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) also has its headquarters in the country’s