BBC launches Sajha Sawal

Listeners in Nepal can now enjoy even more BBC programming with the launch of the new debate programme Sajha Sawal.The 45-minute show explores key issues affecting people’s lives with a specially invited audience each Sunday at 21.00 local time.

Sajha Sawal, a collaborative project linking BBC Nepali and the BBC’s international development charity, BBC World Service Trust, features distinguished guests from the world of politics, legal affairs, business or culture who answer questions from the audience.

A BBC reporter on location in rural Nepal also brings stories, views and questions from hard to reach communities across the country.

Rabindra Mishra, Head of BBC Nepali, said: “Sajha Sawal is a great opportunity for BBC Nepali to really connect with its audience. It gives them a platform to discuss the issues that are really important to them and debate with high profile people they wouldn’t normally have access to.”

The BBC will also be in Kathmandu for the first BBC Nepali Partners Conference to be held for four days from 13 January 2008. This is an opportunity for the BBC to reinforce partnership with local FM stations re-broadcasting its programmes and to get to know some of its newer partner stations.

BBC programming in English can also be heard on the BBC 24-hour 103 FM relay in Kathmandu .

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