Zimbabwe: "New TV Licenses Will Help Liberalise Our Broadcasting Airways" - Govt Minister
Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ms Monica Mutsvanga has indicated that the government is ready to award six new television broadcasting licenses to help it achieve its goal of further liberalising the Zimbabwean broadcasting airways.
According to the Minister, "several applications were received, and from the 12 available, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is ready to award six (TV stations). The granting of these six licences will bring an end to the monopoly that the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has enjoyed over the past forty years.
Authorities in Zimbabwe, as well as many industry watchers, have noted that the broadcast media situation in the country has been behind what is taking place even in other countries within Southern African Development Community (SADC) - that has allowed a variety of private players to operate, with recorded successes.
Although Zimpapers owned Zimbabwe Television Network (ZTN) is currently fully operational under license, the move to add more private player is fully welcomed by stakeholders as this will add the sorely needed diversity.