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Article published the Monday 08 February 2010 - Latest update : Monday 16 December 2013

How to listen to RFI in English

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RFI's English Service broadcasts to Africa every morning for four hours live from 4.00 UT. You can tune in on 14 FM frequencies. All of our programmes can be listened to on the internet live, and with streaming replays, downloads and podcasts. We're also on satellite, IPTV, and you can listen on your mobile phone and through our smartphone applications.

All times in Universal Time (UT) / (GMT)


To listen live, hit the "click to listen live" link in the red "Listen to RFI" box at the top right of any page. 


To listen again to a 13-minute bulletin from the top of our programmes, follow the "news" tab on the "Listen to RFI" box on the right.

 To download, podcast or listen again to our programmes in segments, click here.


All our programmes can be heard on our 14 FMs in Africa.
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Kenya- Nairobi 89.9 FM / Mombasa 105.5 FM
Uganda - Kampala 93.7 FM
South Sudan - Juba 91.4 FM

Gambia - Banjul 89 FM
Ghana - Accra 89.5 FM / Kumasi 92.9 FM
Sierra Leone - Freetown 89.9 FM
Cameroon Bamenda 105.8 FM

Liberia - Monrovia 106 FM
Lesotho - Maseru 96.5 FM
Namibia - Windhoek 107.9 FM
Zambia - Lusaka 100.5 FM / Kitwe 92.5 FM


- Kingston 96.5 FM


Smartphone applications

- on the Appstore:

- on Google play:

- on Windows store (PC & tablets):


You can also hear our live stream on smartphones with the (free) Liveradio app. Tune in under "Stations/World/France/RFI Langues 1" from 4.00 to 8.00 Universal Time. 

Via Satellite

  • Listeners in the Americas can hear RFI English on Hispasat (1E) and listeners in southern Africa can hear us on Worldspace (southbeam Afristar 3).

HISPASAT (Channel 2)    4, 5, 6, 7 UT / GMT


  • Listeners in the United States can hear RFI English on Galaxy 19 via WRN - World Radio Network (free, no subscription).

GALAXY 19 (Channel 1)    6, 10 UT / GMT   From Monday to Sunday

  • Listeners in the United States and Canada can hear RFI English on Sirius XM via WRN - World Radio Network (with subsciption).

SIRIUS WM    6, 10 UT / GMT From Monday to Sunday


Via Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)

Listeners in the United States and Canada can hear RFI English (4 hours) with subscription on:

  • My African Pack (Global Networks Communications Corp.)
  • EnovativeTV

By mobile phone

In the United States, via AudioNow (www.audionow.com), dial 832 225 5397 to hear the latest broadcast from the English Service (no charge).

In Cameroon, dial 9000 to hear the latest broadcast from the English Service (25F CFA per minute).

In Côte d'Ivoire, dial 734 to hear the latest broadcast from the English Service (25F CFA per minute).

In The Sky

On all Air France A380 flights you can listen to - and save via a USB slot - a selection of RFI programmes in English, French and Spanish.


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Please continue English

Please continue English broadcasts on shortwave.
It is impossible for us to listen to your English broadcast only via WRN, I am also sad.

Please continue English

Please continue English broadcasts on shortwave.

English on shortwave to Africa?

I have not been able to hear these in North America recently on shortwave and now I look at this page and see that the former frequencies are no longer listed. Have you discontinued shortwave in English to Africa entirely? Or is this a temporary situation?

shortwave discontinued

Our shortwave broadcasts have been discontinued, yes.

tuned in

i will tune in and listen now.


being a trade union leader of indian train drivers, i thank RFI a lot giving us an opportunity to present problems faced and working conditions before the world community.

hope we shall get attention by all stake holders.

Down again!

Ever since your new schedule came in it has been pretty good. I usually tune in right after listening to the BBC World Service news, and the same link that carries RFI English carries RFI Musique unitil 0400 UTC when the English comes on. Tonight silence. The RFI French works, and the RFI Musique works. Listening via iTunes and listening via the RFI web site get me the same results.

When you first announced the new morning schedule I asked you whether the afternoon schedule would remain the same, because you didn't mention it at all. Well, I can't say you lied. You just didn't tell the truth. So what is going on, odonnell?

Thanks for the feedback,

Thanks for the feedback, always welcome. Our live stream collapsed this morning for technical reasons, but it was back on for 5.00 UT - apologies for the inconvenience. All our programming takes place in the morning now, so there will no longer be any afternoon / evening broadcasts.

rfi should b the only station

rfi should b the only station all over the world but the question still remain... we also need their performance on our screen @ home

I love the good programming

I love the good programming and broadcasting quality and I want to say thanks. The Smartphone application instructions made it very easy to set up.