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Radio Still Dominates in Africa

Broadcasters from more than 45 African countries, meeting this week in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, said radio reigns supreme over all other mass media on the continent, including TV, internet, newspapers, and social and digital media. No more than 600 million of the continent’s more than 1.3 billion people have access to the internet, African broadcasters said, and even when they do, connectivity is either slow or too expensive for a majority of the continent’s poor, hungry civilians. Radio, however, remains a reliable and cheap medium for getting vital information. The broadcasters said 2023 online penetration in Africa is between 30% and 43%, which is below the global average of about 70%. The broadcasters said they will identify close to 20,000 frequencies that can be used for FM broadcasting in Africa without harmful interference. The ATU said that the number of people who trust and rely on radio.