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Public hearings for free to air broadcasting licensees commence
October 18, 2011

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe on 18 October 2011 convened the first public hearing for prospective free-to-air radio licensees, with KISS FM being the first to appear before the Authority.

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is expected to conduct three more public hearings which will be chaired by the Chairperson, Dr. Tafataona Mahoso.

The BAZ panel which was constituted in terms of the Commissions of Inquiry Act and the Broadcasting Services Act section 10 (6) comprised of commissioners; Dr. Tafataona Mahoso, Chief Gambiza, Colonel Gwai Dube, Mrs Erica Mususa, Dr Vimbai Chivaura, Rev. Matuvira, Ms. Charity Moyo, Dr. Chada and Eng. Muganyura. Kiss FM was represented by its directors Douglas Munatsi, Musi Khumalo, Oliver Mutukudzi, Tony Ndoro, and Sharon Mugabe.

In their presentation before the panel, KISS FM directors among other things revealed that the station would have an interim arrangement with ZBC under which it would broadcast news from the public broadcaster during its drive-time segments until such a time it is in a position to setup its own news team.

MISA Zimbabwe is deeply concerned by this proposed partnership as it poses a serious threat to the envisaged diversity of views that should accompany the licensing of new players. Such an arrangement will render KISS FM a relay station whose role is to amplify the very same propaganda that the new players should liberate Zimbabweans from.

The remaining public hearings have been scheduled as follows:

  • 20 October 2011- Zimpapers
  • 25 October 2011- AB Communications
  • 27 October 2011- Radio VOP

The hearings start at 09.00hrs.

MISA calls on members of the public to attend these public hearings so that they can make their own objections and interventions.

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