Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD)

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Monte Carlo Doualiya: a radio representing freedom of expression and access to information for all, which became the first all-digital radio in 1998.

Olivier Mathurin, France Médias Monde’s Quality, Methods and Training Manager, who was MCD’s Technical Director at the time, recalls:

From the time we took up our place at the Maison de la Radio, along with the other national public radio stations, we made the strategic decision to go fully digital. We had already digitalised our broadcasting system with the NETIA Audio Follow solution, but we also wanted to digitalise our planning and production procedures.

Radio Assist: the solution shared by all departments

Radio AssistTM was rapidly adopted, and in 1999 became the solution used by all departments at MCD, as is still the case today:

  • a team of around 15 technicians responsible for production
  • around 50 journalists, office-based and on the ground
  • editors responsible for station playlists
  • Airtime and music programming schedulers.

The main consumer benefits were the harmonisation of job procedures and a greater autonomy for journalists, who previously had to rely on technicians to set up their edits for them.

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Highly responsive journalists even on the ground

Radio AssistTM, which is used on a daily basis for producing programmes in the studio, also goes with the journalists reporting from abroad. This software installed on their laptops is one of the elements enabling their responsiveness to major events:

There is one particularly significant memory that comes to my mind. In Egypt, during the time of the Arab Spring, in the middle of demonstrations, I took refuge in a café that was barely open.

In the course of less than half an hour, with the aid of Radio Assist 8, I put together on-the-spot interviews of demonstrators, a translation into Arabic where necessary, and ambient sound recordings highlighting the tension.

Without resorting to any other tool I sent my report direct to Paris – happily the café had Wifi – and it was ready to be put out on air.  - Walid Abbas, Journalist/International Field Reporter and Associate Editor.

Monte Carlo Doualiya


Monte Carlo Doualiya is a French radio station broadcasting in Arabic from Paris to the Middle East, Mauritania, Djibouti and South Sudan, on medium wave and FM.

It offers news bulletins and magazine programmes, and gives a large portion of time to culture, prioritising live broadcasting, user-friendliness and interactivity. Its news desk and its journalists on the five continents provide world coverage of the news to 6.7 million listeners (measured in 14 countries) on average each week.

Monte Carlo Doualiya is establishing itself as the radio of freedom of expression and access to information for all, targeting all generations. The station is also accessible via its internet site - the most modern in the sphere of Arabic-language sites – via its mobile apps and also various cable and satellite systems.

More information on: www.mc-doualiya.com

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