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broadcasting laws restrictive
June 02, 2006
Portfolio Committee on Transport and Communications has conceded
that the country’s broadcasting laws are prohibitive to the entry
of private players.
In a report
tabled before parliament on 1 June 2006, the Committee said the
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) should regularise the "stringent"
requirements under the Broadcasting
Services Act (BSA) to operate a radio or television station
to allow other players to participate.
A member of
the committee, Forbes Magadu, said BAZ should this year focus and
concentrate on issuing licenses to private players especially for
community radio stations throughout the country.
players should enter the market. We cannot continue to live in isolation.
We have only one licensed television station," said Magadu.
He said BAZ
could easily become self-sustaining if more players were allowed
to enter the broadcasting sector as opposed to the present situation
where the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings enjoys
monopoly of the airwaves.
The BSA among
other restrictions bans foreign funding and investment in the otherwise
capital intensive broadcasting sector making it almost impossible
for private players to set up their own television and radio stations.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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