AFRICA/IVORY COAST - The challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic: National Catholic Radio stops broadcasting

Friday, 3 July 2020 catholic radios   coronavirus   solidarity   evangelization   mass media  

Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - The institutions of the Catholic Church in Ivory Coast are not immune to the economic consequences caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as in the case of the Catholic Radio, defined as "The Voice of the Gospel", forced to suspend broadcasting.
"The financial situation of the radio requires decisions to be made about its future. Therefore, in compliance with what the State requires, the suspension of work, without pay was bitternly opted", announced on June 30, Fr Augustin Obrou, National Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for social media communications to the staff of the National Catholic Radio during a meeting held on the premises of the broadcaster. The staff of the radio, about thirty people, will not be abandoned and will enjoy a social plan: the general management has started a fundraising campaign. "The goal is to get the financial resources to be distributed equally to each employee", added the National Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for media.
If the resources collected are sufficient - this is the hope - the broadcaster will be able to resume.
RNC, the National Catholic Radio of Ivory Coast, was established on February 2, 2001 and was officially inaugurated by the Bishops' Conference of Ivory Coast on June 24, 2006. It broadcasts 24 hours a day. It presents itself as a missionary tool, at the service of evangelization and human promotion.
In Ivory Coast 9,702 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have so far been recorded, of whom 4,381 have recovered, while 68 have died. (S.S.) (Agenzia Fides, 3/7/3020)