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Opening up airwaves necessary: Moyo
September 28, 2013
of broadcasting services will open up the airwaves to address public
concerns about lack of media plurality in Zimbabwe which has become
a bone of contention among media stakeholders, Media, Information
and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has said.
Moyo told delegates
at a stakeholders’ meeting in Bulawayo on Thursday to brace
for transformation that will be ushered by digitalisation which
he said will address issues of media plurality, particularly in
the broadcasting sector.
He said the
Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) could not do anything about
licensing more players because of limited frequency spectrum that
are allocated by the International Telecommunications Union.
But this would
change once digitalisation comes on stream.
is set to digitalise its broadcasting services by June 2015 in line
with world trends and move away from the analogue VHF system that
has restricted expansion to accommodate more players in the broadcasting
More than $30
million is needed to digitalise transmitters apart from refurbishing
studios to accommodate new digital equipment.
As a member
of Sadc, Zimbabwe should have digitalised by December this year.
sentiments of bringing new players or opening up the airwaves will
now be of necessity driven by this major global transformation from
analogue to digital platform,” Moyo said.
are legal implications which stakeholders should participate in
formulating. There are real business opportunities because we will
be able to have a new more efficient platform for conveying content
which means new business that was not possible under analogue.”
Moyo said stakeholders
should help the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation to become the
station “we want” and it should also brace itself for
stiff competition from new players that will come on board with
particularly those in the arts industry, had complained about the
marginalisation of Matabeleland in the way broadcasting services
particularly radio stations reflect biases against artists from
the ministry should decentralise the licensing of production houses
through reviving television full-fledged broadcasting from Montrose
Studios in Bulawayo and licencing of community radio stations to
cater for the diverse cultural composition of the population.
the ministry to look into censorship in the arts industry which
stifled creativity by harmonising the Censorship Board over the
material and content shown on television.
They said Bulawayo
as a centre for content production is being constrained by biased
attitude against the region that allows Harare to hog the limelight
in national artistic events or national celebrations such as musical
Moyo said his ministry would confront the perception of marginalisation
and would work to unify Zimbabweans and promote national cohesion.
is necessary for us all to be clear on what the national agenda
is and do everything we can to advance it,” Moyo said.
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