News:Government Plans To Suspend Issuing Broadcasting Licences To Radio Stations

<vote /> Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe said government is planning to suspend issuing additional radio licences in the wake of failure by those granted authority to go on air.

Mushohwe was giving oral evidence before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services chaired by Zanu-PF Umzingwane MP William Dhewa. He said,

Furthermore, radio stations are going to face stiffer competition for advertising revenue from television when more television stations come on board after completion of digitisation. This scenario may necessitate taking a deliberate policy decision not to issue more radio licences in order to ensure the market sustains the few stations that are already in the market. As the economy improves, more and more players will be licensed.

On communal radio stations, Minister Mushohwe said it was unfair for Government to continue issuing licences to areas that were already receiving broadcasting signal when places like Binga do not have reception since independence. He said Government’s view was that issuance of community radio stations be done upon the completion of the digitisation programme.

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