Radio and television broadcasting in Sudan

Authored by: Awad Ibrahim Awad

Routledge Handbook on Arab Media

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138385481
eBook ISBN: 9780429427084
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This chapter charts the emergence and early development of Sudanese broadcasting. It looks at the problematic developments and challenges of the radio and TV services in this large African nation. Like a few other third world countries, Sudanese broadcasting did not witness a thriving history due to the lack of funding, poor expertise, and tight governmental control on free speech. This chapter also analyzes the relationship between broadcasting services and various governments, especially the military. Since its independence in 1956 from British colonial power, Sudan has been notorious during the last few decades for government control over the media, especially in broadcasting. Although a few independent newspapers exist, radio and TV have remained under government control and ownership.

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