Overview of the Broadcasting Industry:
The government operates the only national television
station. The Gambia Radio and Television Service has
just one terrestrial channel covering most of the country.
Most transmitters lie in the coastal region, in the
Kombo St. Mary area, in which the largest city Serekunda
lies, as well as in the capital Banjul. Apart from the
office language English is transmitted in the different
national languages such as Mandinka, Fulfulde, Wolof,
Diola or Soninke.
There are other television companies broadcasting via
The BBC and CNN is sometimes re-broadcasted by satellite
stations and the small radio stations.
Radio Syd - private station; the original Radio Syd
broadcast from a ship anchored off Sweden in the mid
1960s. Radio Syd's Swedish owner was given a licence
to broadcast in Gambia in 1970. It is now off the air.
Radio Gambia - national broadcaster, broadcasting in
English and vernacular languages on FM and MW.
There are five community radio stations. Brikama, Farafenni,
Basse, Kerewan and Yirriwa community radio and their
programmes cover issues based around community awareness.
Vinasha Productions Ltd. is a small film maker.