Information on BBC Somali Service radio is available at BBC.com, as of 2015. Further information on the history of the radio service and its programming is available at Pri.org, Dhanbaal.com and Banadir.com.
The BBC Somali Service is a London based radio station that transmits throughout East Africa in the Somali language. The Somali branch of BBC World Service radio began broadcasting on July 18, 1957. The station aired a 15-minute program twice a week until September 1958, when it began to air daily.
The BBC Somali Service receives praise for reporting in the original Somali language, rather than translations from English, and for its humanitarian efforts. The Service has also received criticism for broadcasting British propaganda and for its biased support of political leaders and criminal warlords.