Studio Kalangou produces a daily two-hour radio program in Niger which offers daily news in 5 languages (French, Hausa, Zama, Tamashek, and Peulh) since January 2016, a dialogue and discussion program “Le Forum”, and magazines on issues of everyday life. Studio Kangalou’s objective is to inform and bring together the different components of society “au rythme du Niger”, to contribute to the development of one of the poorest countries in the world, located at the heart of the Sahelian crises.
Studio Kalangou’s program, produced in its newsroom in Niamey by Nigerian journalists, is broadcast by a network of partner radios located in all regions of the country. 31 private and public radio stations relay live studio broadcasts with a potential audience of more than half of the country’s population. Studio Kalangou’s team consists of about 15 journalists and translators working in its central newsroom and a network of correspondents across the country. The project is the result of a partnership between Fondation Hirondelle, the Community Radio Network (RACOM) and the Association of Promotors of Private Radio and Television in Niger (APRTPN). Continuous training of journalists and studio technicians is a key element of the project, to enable its local and sustainable anchoring. Specific trainings also benefit journalists from the partner radio stations that Kalangou hosts for intensive courses. Students are take part in practical workshops.
- Provide Niger’s population, in all regions of the country, with independent, professional, relevant and accessible radio news, information and dialogue programs in the country’s main languages.
- Support the development of local radios and the capacity of journalists in areas where radio is the main means of being informed and participating in public life.
- « They say everything, in detail, they don’t hide anything, and there is no darkness! »
- « The Studio has correspondents in every region and at every moment. It is a way of giving the same image of our country to the Nigerian people. »
- « Having a forum to express yourself is something that can lead to appeasement, thus reducing extremist positions. »
- « It develops a sense of citizenship through impartial information, without bias. It allows you to form your own opinion. »
Listeners during focus groups organized in three locations in the country by IMMAR in 2015.
- « With Studio Kalangou, people really like our radio. They even think that it was another radio that merged with our radio, but we explain that it is a partnership. At our radio station, we do not provide news. But it was with Kalangou that we began to give information and that is what astonishes the population (…) people appreciate it a lot, they even say that our radio has grown now. There are even some who are jealous of it. But really, in the village, people listen a lot. »
The director of Radio Marhaba, in the south of Niger, partner of Studio Kalangou.