Rdio Moambiques Maputo studios are to get an overhaul as part of a far-reaching media development project in Mozambique spearheaded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The 170,000 revamp funded by the Irish government includes the digitalisation of the state-run radios 16 central recording, editing and broadcasting studios, which still use the old analogical system. The project also involves renovating, repositioning and boosting the radio transmitter in the Inhambane province north of Maputo.
Rdio Moambique has already seen the installation of a transmitter and repeater in Gaza province, also north of Maputo, and the reorganisation of its provincial broadcasters under the auspices of the UNESCO/UNDP programme, which began in 1989. Other elements of the project have included the creation of eight community radios in Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Zambzia, Niassa and Maputo provinces and subsidies for the print media to buy paper and in the area of electronic publishing.
Rdio Moambique is the main source of news for many Mozambicans while low literacy levels mean that newspaper circulation in the country is very low.