Back to Index
Act to be amended
January 09, 2006
says it will amend the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) to ease the
entry of potential investors into the broadcasting arena.
of Information and Publicity Bright Matonga, told the weekly Sunday
Mirror that his ministry was awaiting recommendations from consultative
meetings between the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and
Pikirayi Deketeke said they were still to complete the consultations
with interest groups.
The BSA bars
foreign funding and investment in the otherwise capital intensive
broadcasting sector. No private players have been licensed to enter
the broadcasting arena since the enactment of the BSA in 2001.
the chief executive officer of Munhumutapa African Broadcasting
Corporation (MABC), which was last year denied a licence to operate
a commercial television station, said the government should relax
its restrictions on foreign investment.
He said the
government should allow for 80 percent local shareholding with the
remaining 20 percent being allocated to foreign partners.
technical partners have to come in with equipment and expertise.
Zimbabwe is struggling to raise foreign currency and most the equipment
used in broadcasting is manufactured abroad.
Where does government
expect that foreign currency to come from if they prohibit foreign
funding," asked Kubara.
"We definitely want more radio and television stations. We
also understand that broadcasting is a very technical and very expensive
business venture. We intend to see (sic) what is acting against
industry players and correct the situation."
Visit the MISA-Zimbabwe
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.