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Broadcasting Services Act, 2001
Incorporates Act 3/2001, 22/2001 (s. 4)1 , 26/2001 (s. 10)2 ; 6/20033
September 19, 2003

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SIXTH SCHEDULE - (Section 11(3))

Local Content Conditions

1. Definitions
2. Television broadcasting licensees
3. Subscription television broadcasting licensees
4. Independent television production
5. Radio broadcasting licences
6. Subscription radio broadcasting licensees
7. Minister may prescribe other content conditions

 

1   Definitions   TOP

In this Schedule—

"music from Africa" means music that is produced and performed by persons from the African continent and is lawfully available in Zimbabwe;

"performance period" means the period between 0500 hours and 2300 hours every day;"prime time" means the period between 1800 hours and 2200 hours every day.

 

2   Television broadcasting licensees   TOP

(1) A television broadcasting licensee must ensure that within two years of this Act coming into effect (in the case of a person lawfully providing a broadcasting service immediately before that date) or immediately upon the issue of the licence, or within such period as the Authority may determine, at least 75 per centum of its programming content (including repeats) in every week during the following periods—

(a) the performance period, not including prime time; and

(b) prime time; and

(c) any period before or after the performance period; consists of local television content and material from Africa.

(2) Where a licensee provides a broadcasting service which has more than one channel, that licensee must ensure that in each and every week of the year, at least 30 per centum of the programming on each channel during the performance period, and during prime time, Consists of local television content.

(3) In complying with its obligations in terms of subparagraphs (1) and (2) a licensee must ensure that at least—

(a) 70 per centum of its drama programming consists of Zimbabwean drama;

(b) 80 per centum of its current affairs programming consists of Zimbabwean current affairs;

(c) 70 per centum of its social documentary programming consists of Zimbabwean social documentary programming;

(d) 70 per centum of its informal knowledge-building programming consists of Zimbabwean informal knowledge building programming;

(e) 80 per centum of its educational programming consists of Zimbabwean educational programming;

(f) 80 per centum of its children’s programming consists of Zimbabwean educational programming.

 

3   Subscription television broadcasting licensees   TOP

(1) A subscription television broadcasting licensee shall ensure that, in each and every week of the year, at least 30 per centum of its programming, or some greater proportion as may be determined by the Authority, taking into account the nature of the service during encoded broadcasts in the performance period, consists of local television content within such programme categories as the Authority may determine.

(2) Where a portion of the broadcasting service of a subscription television broadcasting licence is unencoded, then for the duration of that unencoded portion, it must ensure that in each and every week of the year at least 50 per centum of its programming, including repeats, consists of local television content within such programme categories as may be determined by the Authority.

 

4   Independent television production   TOP

Television broadcasting licensees and subscription television broadcasting licensees must ensure that at least 40 per centum of their local television content programming consists of programmes which are independent television productions and the independent television productions are spread reasonably evenly between Zimbabwean drama, Zimbabwean social documentary, Zimbabwean informal knowledge-building, Zimbabwean children’s and Zimbabwean educational programming.

 

5  Radio broadcasting licences   TOP

Every week during the performance period a radio broadcasting licensee shall ensure that within six months of this Act coming into effect, (in the case of a person lawfully providing a radio broadcasting service immediately before that date) or immediately upon the issue of a licence or within such longer period as the Authority may determine, at least—

(a) 75 per centum of the music broadcast consists of Zimbabwean music

(b) 10 per centum of the music broadcast consists of music from Africa.

 

6   Subscription radio broadcasting licensees   TOP

A subscription radio broadcasting licensee shall ensure that, in every week of the year—

(a) at least 30 per centum of the music broadcast during the performance period consists of Zimbabwean music; and

(b) at least 10 per centum of the music broadcast consists of music from Africa; and

(c) where a portion of a subscription radio broadcasting service is unencoded, then for the duration of that unencoded portion, at least 75 per centum of the music broadcast is Zimbabwean music and at least 10 per centum of the music broadcast is music from Africa.

 

7   Minister may prescribe other content conditions   TOP

(a) after notice to the licensee concerned, prescribe other local content conditions;

(b) prescribe any longer period for the purposes of subparagraph (1) of paragraph 2 or paragraph 5.


1 Criminal Penalties Amendment Act, 2001 (commencement: 20th May, 2002).
2 Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (Commercialisation) Act, 2001 (commencement: 2nd February, 2002)
3 Broadcasting Services Amendment Act, 2003 (commencement: 19th September. 2003).

 

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