Mali state TV broadcasts resume in Kidal

The Office for Radio and Television of Mali (ORTM) has resumed services in Mali’s north eastern rebel stronghold of Kidal when separatist militants handed back its local headquarters.

The state broadcaster was forced off air nine months ago when the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) took control of the Kidal region and its capital. However, the ORTM building in Kidal was handed back last month in line with the terms of a June peace deal for the troubled west African country.

“For the time being, only programmes produced in Bamako are being broadcast in Kidal and the region,” said Bally Drissa Sissoko, head of ORTM. “Soon we will, as in other regions, allocate a few hours a day to local programming.”