Broadcast Regulation

MISA Zimbabwe Calls For Reforms At ZBC

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has called on the government to play its critical role in enforcing reforms at the national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

In its statement, MISA Zimbabwe said that the issue needs to be addressed urgently to transform the country’s only national broadcaster.

MISA Zimbabwe explained that this of paramount importance when considering the recently gazetted statutory instruments 26 and 27 and the proposed amendments to Zimbabwe’s Broadcasting Services Act through the Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill which is soon to be gazetted.

Statutory Instrument 26 of 2020 regulates Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Services while SI 27 of 2020 regulates matters relating to Licensing and Content.

SI 26 seeks to provide the guidelines required for the roll-out of DTT Broadcasting Services in Zimbabwe. The Regulations contained in the Statutory Instrument apply to terrestrial TV broadcasting licensees, suppliers of TV receivers and signal carrier licensees.

Digital migration refers to the switch of broadcasting from analogue to digital.

 The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) said that it would allocate six high definition channels to the public broadcaster, which is ZBC. BAZ also added that it would allocate six high definition channels to licensed commercial TV broadcasters.

MISA Zimbabwe said that it would be pointless for the state-run broadcaster to be issued with additional channels when it had failed to fully utilise a single channel.

 The organisation, therefore, urged the government to institute and implement a ZBC turnaround strategy that would see the public broadcaster producing and broadcasting modern, relevant and quality public interest programming.

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