Broadcast Regulation

Zimbabwe Revises Broadcasting Licence Fees

The Zimbabwean government has revised its fees for broadcasting licences that were previously charged in US dollars and changed them to the local currency in order to allow universities, colleges and other educational institutions to operate their own radio stations. 

The original application cost for a Free to Air National Radio Broadcasting Service is now a non-refundable $42 500, while the application for a public inquiry is $127 500. The amendments are contained in the Statutory Instrument 27 of 2020, with the title ‘Broadcasting Services Regulations 2020 (No3)’. 

The updated regulations that were approved by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services take into account the need for educational institutions to operate radio stations whose programming is exclusively by students and for educational programmes in broadcasting and media studies. 

Zimbabwe’s government is already working on rolling out ten new community radio stations across the country to empower underprivileged communities through open access to information.

The pilot project is zeroing in on communities whose languages are currently not “on-air”, with Hwange and Binga being the only two districts that will benefit in Matabeleland North.

Other stations will be opened in Gwanda and Plumtree in Matabeleland South as well as stations in Chikombedzi, Nyanga, Chipinge, Chimanimani and Shamva. 

The government pledged to assist the communities with radio infrastructure as well as support for training and operations.

The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services and the national broadcasting regulator, BAZ are currently hosting community radio workshops.

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