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Zimbabwe’s Govt To Kick Off Digital Broadcasting In Few Weeks Time – BAZ

Zimbabwe’s government will begin broadcasting on the long-awaited digital TV platform despite having installed only 18 out of the intended 48 transmitters since the process was rolled out four years ago.

Speaking at Friday’s induction for the newly appointed members of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board, the BAZ CEO, Obert Muganyura said that despite the government’s failure to complete the entire process, they would still be going live in Bulawayo and Harare.

He noted that because of population size, the 18 transmitters are mainly in Harare and Bulawayo, meaning that the two cities would be the first to go digital before the process expands further to other areas of the country.

Zimbabwe’s Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, said that the government had decided to outsource the digital receivers that were compatible with the new digital system after realising that it could not single-handedly cover the cost of the whole process.

This international obligation was scheduled to have been completed in 2016 but has however been slowed down by funding and Zimbabwe’s foreign currency challenges.

Only the state broadcaster, ZBC TV will be on the platform when it is activated with the hopes of adding five more channels to fill up six station slots that are up for grabs.

The national broadcaster already has a second channel that is broadcasting on its Android Application, ZBC TV App.

The Minister challenged both the ZBC and the BAZ boards to take to ensure that more TV channels are made available on the country’s digital TV platform expeditiously.


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