Peru: Newscast held entirely in Quechua raises interest of international media

Peru: Newscast held entirely in Quechua raises interest of international media
Thursday December 15, 2016
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For the first time ever, a newscast held completely in Quechua was aired in Peru. The crew of the “Ñuqanchik” program is composed of Quechua speakers, and the show´s focus and construction is based on the interests of Quechua speakers.

Providing news for the Inca nation’s Quechua speakers, who account for over four million Peruvians, the directors of the newscast have raised the attention of national press, as well as known international media such as CNN, Televisa and CCTV.

“Ñuqanchik” is considered a milestone in Peruvian television. Hugo Coya, Executive President of Peru’s National Institute of Radio and Television (IRTP), says the next step will be to produce news also in Aymara and then to move on to other native languages such as Awajun and Ashaninka.

“Our goal is to reach out to places, where the majority of the population speak a language different from Spanish. The commitment is that TV Peru and Radio Nacional should cater for all Peruvians.”, says Coya.

Ñuqanchik is aired on Radio Nacional (national radio) as well as on TV Peru, from Monday to Friday at 5:30 AM (local time).

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