BBC to bring Africa Cup of Nations to global audiences: Malawi to benefit

he BBC will bring extensive coverage of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations staged in Equatorial Guinea. Comprehensive coverage on radio, TV, online and mobile will also feature specially commissioned reports on key players, teams and

BBC’s football experts will be reporting from the four host cities – Bata, Ebebiyin, Malabo and Mongomo – following the progress of all 16 teams from the group stages stages in January through to the final on 8 February.

Every moment in the tournament will be captured by the BBC’s team of experts. Audiences will be able to follow the action with regular updates and analysis of each game. On Saturday 17 January the opening game between Equatorial Guinea and Congo at the National Stadium will be brought in English and French. BBC World Service will bring commentary on key matches to listeners in Africa from the quarter finals, semi-finals and final in English, French on BBC Afrique, and BBC Swahili.

Mobile users will have the opportunity to get expert analysis via live text commentary for all of the key games.

BBC sports journalists will be linking up with BBC World Service’s rebroadcasting partner stations across Africa to give expert analysis on the competition.

Radio listeners across Africa and worldwide will be able to follow the latest developments and analysis on all three editions (1500, 1700 and 1900 GMT) of Focus on Africa radio. Match reports will feature in various programmes across BBC Afrique, BBC Hausa, BBC Somali, BBC Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi) and BBC Swahili.

Newsday on BBC World Service radio will have extended sports coverage each morning from 0500 GMT while Sportsworld, Sport Today and World Football will provide additional coverage of what has become one of the premier tournaments in world football.

The BBC’s TV programme for Africa, Focus on Africa, available on BBC World News and broadcast by a range of TV stations across Africa, will report on every stage of the tournament. The BBC Swahili TV programme Dira Ya Dunia will bring in-depth reporting from the competition, and be rebroadcast by partner stations in Africa.

The Africa Cup of Nations will also be reported by the newly launched BBC Afrique and BBC Hausa TV bulletins available via, and rebroadcasting TV channels.

Social-media-savvy fans will be able to follow BBC Africa’s coverage on Twitter via #BBCAFCON2015, #BBCAfrica and the Facebook page LoveAfricanFootball.

The BBC teams will be retweeting the best game reactions from fans who post to #BBCAfrica on Vine and Instagram.

BBC Global News Sports Editor for Languages, Ben Sutherland says: “As broadcasters and football lovers, we are looking forward to bringing this unique sporting event to our millions of listeners, TV viewers and online and mobile users across the world. We have an unrivalled team of African football experts who will bring every kick of the tournament to fans across the globe.”

Audiences will be able to follow the action at as well as the BBC’s language sites:,,, and

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fredo masina

y MBC r u serious on beaming AFCON our houses hv bn dstryd we cnt manage to buy dstv n nw iwz plannin to buy small tv jst wanted to watch Yaya toure


People like Bright Malopa are needed if we want TV to develop in Malawi. During his time at MBC we were able to watch UEFA Champions league, AFCON, EPL. But now its another story.


Propaganda by BBC to show British superiority and importance. Countries in Africa already watch the African Cup of Nations through local channels. BBC is trying to claim as if it will be the first broadcaster to show the matches, the British even claim to have discovered lakes and rivers in Africa, does this mean Africa had no people.

jimmy wa Goliati

Big up to BBC 4 the rescuing us football frantenity. I was wondering. Kuti mpira wa kwa azungu kuonetsa koma wa nthaka lanthu ayi , wake up malawi wake up africa!

christopher guma

gud dvlpment!

elder sage2

They should provide live feeds to Times TV as they do with their news casts everyday

Imraan Sidik

Under the leadership of JB MBC tv beamed the Orange Africa Cup of nations. Now under the wise and dynamic leadership of His Excellency Ngwazi Professor Peter Mutharika nothing of that sort. Pathetic country this is. After all its all only sports and traditional dances that bring a smile on our faces as Malawians and not government. Otherwise this country remains a gloomy


No BBC Malawi language, whats the use of listening or watching. My house is completely destroyed by this cyclone called devilskloof.

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