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The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is the regulatory authority for broadcasting in Zimbabwe. BAZ was established through an Act of Parliament in 2001 providing for the functions, powers and duties of the authority. BAZ falls under the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity. BAZ issues licenses to television and radio broadcasting companies in Zimbabwe.

BAZ Licensees

TV

  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)
  • Multichoice Zimbabwe (for DStv)
  • Dr Dish (Operators of Kwese TV)

Radio

  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)
  • AB Communications (Operators of ZiFM Stereo)
  • Zimbabwe Newspapers Group (Operators of Star FM, Diamond FM

On the 23rd of August, BAZ announced that it had cancelled the licence of Dr. Dish because the company had failed to provide the My TV Africa Service.

Criticism

BAZ has been criticised for refusing to license independent operators of TV and Radio in Zimbabwe. Commercial Radio licenses have been issued only to government owned companies and those private companies owned by senoir politicians of the ruling party, Zanu-PF.


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