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Ouagadougou, February 13th, 2018 (SSR). "After more than ten years of research, trials and errors, the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications is pleased to start today, the daily satellite connection of 14 diocesan radios spread over all 15 dioceses of our country. It's a first in Africa!”. It is with these words that Mons. Lucas Sanou, Bishop of Banfora and President of the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger, expressed his joy and satisfaction on the occasion of the inauguration, on February 12 in Ouagadougou, of the Catholic radio network of Burkina Faso (Réseau RCBurkina), whose goal is to create a common framework of expression for the entire Church-family of God in Burkina Faso.
In his address, Mons. Lucas provided a historical overview of the circumstances of birth of the RCBurkina network paying tribute to the first diocesan leaders of communication, who believed in the necessity and the opportunity to pool their strengths in the media field. It is in this momentum of ideas that the Association of Catholic Radios of Burkina Faso (ARCB) was born, anticipating the idea of launching the RCBurkina network which the ARCB Association now manages, under the coordination of Fr. Laurent Balma.
The implementation of the RCBurkina network required significant investments. The Bishop of Banfora thanked the the financial support of the Italian Episcopal Conference. Technical support was provided by SIGNIS Services Rome (SSR), whose involvement was underlined by Mons. Lucas: "Allow me here to acknowledge the great involvement of our technical partner SIGNIS Services Rome, in the person of Father Fabrizio Colombo, who with his team in Rome helped us in the development of the project until its financing. He has often come to our country for trainings or events like FESPACO. He is still here today to support the coordinator and his team in perfecting the technical installations. May he find here all our gratitude.”
Transmitted live via satellite to all radio stations in the network, and online on the rcburkina.org website, the event was national in scope. Among the participants was the Minister of Communication of Burkina Faso, his Excellency Rémis Fulgance Dandjinou who hailed the arrival of this new communication system of the church in Burkina Faso, considering it as an opportunity to strengthen social cohesion.
The RCB network operates from a central radio station located in Ouagadougou, which has a studio and a satellite-type antenna. This radio transmits and broadcasts all of its own programs every day through the website rcburkina.org, thanks to streaming / webradio technology. Part of these daily programs are transmitted live, via satellite, to the 14 radios of the system, which, thanks to their own satellite antennas, receive these same programs and broadcast them live via FM, for the happiness of their listeners. Each of the 14 radios feeds the network through its direct transmissions, transmitted to all the other radios, according to the same process and according to a programming that gives all radios the opportunity to broadcast through the radios of the system.