Walenga turns to radio after newspaper folds

12 April 2019 Author   NYASHA FRANCIS NYAUNGWA
Businessman, John Walenga, has his sights set on running a radio station following the closure of his 100 percent owned newspaper, The Villager, a fortnight ago after eight years in the market.
Sources in the industry said this week that the closure of the weekly newspaper has been long coming since it went digital at the beginning of October in 2017. The newspaper announced then that it had decided to go online in line with changing trends in the media industry where advertising and sales have fallen.
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) on December 07, 2018 issued Walenga a commercial broadcasting service licence and spectrum licences, allowing Eagle Radio FM to broadcast in 16 geographical areas including Grootfontein, Ruacana, Okahandja, Oranjemund, Katima Mulilo, Oshakati and Swakopmund.
Interestingly, Eagle FM, which will provide broadcasting services in 13 vernacular languages, seven days a week and 24 hours a day, will not be available in the capital Windhoek.
In terms of an application lodged with CRAN, Eagle Radio FM said it will provide innovative, accommodative and quality oriented programming with a special focus on mature and upcoming entrepreneurs. It also aims to be a strong driver of government programmes through the dissemination of information to the public.
Walenga declined to talk to the Windhoek Observer on Tuesday, citing previous unfavourable coverage from the newspaper.
This reporter, however, understands that the businessman, who also owns Omalaeti music label, and a co-shareholder in diamond evaluation company C Sixty Investments, has already spent close to N$3 million setting up the radio station.
The first date of broadcasting remains unknown.  – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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