Senagal’s Youssou Ndour to launch more TV stations, radio

Senegal’s singer, Youssou Ndour plans to launch four more television stations and an additional radio station.
The musician already owns one of the country’s leading televisions Télévision Future Media (TFM) as well as an FM radio, Radio Future Media (RFM).
He also owns the leading daily private newspaper L’Observateur and has in the past jointly owned several newspapers including Info 7.
One of the new television stations, named You, as the musician is affectionately called, will be devoted to local and international news, sources said Monday. It will cover sports.The other named Olé TFM will be dedicated to cultural news with another one dedicated to religious matters.
Ninety-five per cent of the Senegalese population is predominantly of the Mouride brotherhood.
The new radio, Jeunesse RFM, on the other hand will engage the youth mostly through music and entertainment.
Born in 1959, the Senegalese musician never went beyond class 3 in school but has grown to be very influential.
In 2012, he was part of the coalition that ousted ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, earning himself a cabinet job in Macky Sall’s government as minister of tourism and entertainment, a post he held for slightly over a year.