BBC Media Centre | Alan Kasujja the New Face of BBC World Service ‘Newsday’ Breakfast Programme

Posted January 13, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 9,845 views


Alan Kasujja  joined the presenting team on BBC World Service’s Newsday radio programme. Alan previously hosted Capital Radio’s Big Breakfast in Kampala and presented The Fourth Estate debate programme and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? on Ugandan television.

Alan now lines up alongside Bola Mosuro, Julian Keane, Paul Bakibinga, Lawrence Pollard and Nuala McGovern in London, and Lerato Mbele in Johannesburg.

Alan says: “I’m excited to be joining the BBC World Service and the superb new team on the Newsday programme. I’m looking forward to working for one of the world’s most trusted news providers and connecting with audiences in Africa and around the world.”

Alan’s first assignment was working on Newsday’s coverage with Paul Bakibinga of the 50th anniversary of Ugandan independence on the 9 October before heading to London to join the Newsday team where he started broadcasts from London in November.

The Editor of Newsday, Simon Peeks, says: “I was delighted that Alan agreed to join the presenting team on Newsday; it’s very exciting. He’s a presenter with style, warmth and intelligence. He has a large and loyal following in Uganda and I look forward to him building new relationships with our millions of listeners across Africa and the rest of the world.”

Newsday is part of a range of new programming launched by the BBC this year for Africa. BBC Focus On Africa was also launched in July, providing the first-ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences. It is broadcast on BBC World News and via partner stations. In August, the BBC announced the launch of its first-ever TV news and current-affairs programme in Kiswahili, Dira ya Dunia (World Compass).

Recent figures show that the BBC has a combined weekly audience on all platforms in Africa of 81.4 million in 2012 – up from 78.1 million in 2011 – making the BBC the largest international broadcaster on the continent. Newsday now has more than 60 partner stations across Africa – including new partners in Zambia and Cameroon – in addition to being broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations in the United States and partners elsewhere.

Newsday launched on BBC World Service Radio on 23rd July in the week that London hosted the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. It is an ambitious and innovative five-and-a-half hour show every weekday, bringing together the audiences of The World Today and Network Africa. Newsday regularly takes to the road in Africa, broadcasting the big stories as they unfold.

Alan has been part of Uganda’s media industry since his late teens, when he joined The New Vision as a freelance writer and photographer. He read law at Makerere University and speaks (or has a good understanding of) many East African dialects. Alan started his radio career at Sanyu FM in the nineties, worked at Capital FM, Nairobi between 2007 and 2009, then returned home to present The Big Breakfast on 91.3 Capital, Kampala. He hosted Uganda’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and hosted The Fourth Estate, a highly influential political talk show in Uganda.

BBC Africa Editor, Solomon Mugera, says: “With Newsday we are presenting the biggest global radio breakfast show. In a world that’s becoming increasingly interconnected, the desire for trusted and relevant news has never been greater. Newsday gives our listeners a powerful start to the day with the latest news, sports, business and entertainment.”

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    Congratulations Mr Kasujja


    Alan’s grasp of the English language is quite poor, but perhaps the BBC don’t include the UK as part of Newsday’s prospective audience and is unconcerned.


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