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statement from Vox Media Productions
November 28, 2011
VOX Media Productions
(Private) Limited t/a VOP FM submitted an application for Free-to-Air
National Commercial Broadcasting License on 30th June 2011 to the
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). We were among 14 institutions
that responded to the call for applications. We were, with three
other applicants, shortlisted for a public hearing to present our
application in detail and to respond to any further queries from
Commissioners of BAZ and members of the public.
On the 24th
November 2011 we were served with a response to our application
from BAZ. In the response, Dr Tafataona Mahoso in his capacity as
Chairperson of BAZ advised that our application was unsuccessful
and that in particular "the other applicants performed better
than you (VOP) on the following issues:
- Signal coverage
against the requirement for national coverage and the associated
- Ability to
comply with technical standards;
for the provision of complete transmission or complete transmission
with language conditions other than Shona and Ndebele and how
the conditions will be met;
with conditions on music from Africa and how the conditions will
of emergence services;
to comply with advertising restrictions on medicines;
of records of matter broadcast; and
of copies to the National Archives
the Authority noted that the persons that you (VOP) cited in the
application as trustees to Voice
of the People Communications Trust do not correspond with those
in the trust deed submitted to the Authority."
(Pvt) Ltd had, among other reasons, participated in this process
in line with the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) provisions which encourage foreign-based
radio stations to apply and be considered for licences.
We are now presently taking counsel on our options.
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