Opening up airwaves necessary: Moyo

HARARE - Digitalisation of broadcasting services will open up the airwaves to address public concerns about lack of media plurality in Zimbabwe which has become a bone of contention among media stakeholders, Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has said.

Moyo told delegates at a stakeholders’ meeting in Bulawayo on Thursday to brace for transformation that will be ushered by digitalisation which he said will address issues of media plurality, particularly in the broadcasting sector.

He said the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) could not do anything about licensing more players because of limited frequency spectrum that are allocated by the International Telecommunications Union.

But this would change once digitalisation comes on stream.

“Zimbabwe is set to digitalise its broadcasting services by June 2015 in line with world trends and move away from the analogue VHF system that has restricted expansion to accommodate more players in the broadcasting sector.

More than $30 million is needed to digitalise transmitters apart from refurbishing studios to accommodate new digital equipment.

As a member of Sadc, Zimbabwe should have digitalised by December this year.

“These sentiments of bringing new players or opening up the airwaves will now be of necessity driven by this major global transformation from analogue to digital platform,” Moyo said.

“There are legal implications which stakeholders should participate in formulating. There are real business opportunities because we will be able to have a new more efficient platform for conveying content which means new business that was not possible under analogue.”

Moyo said stakeholders should help the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation to become the station “we want” and it should also brace itself for stiff competition from new players that will come on board with digitalisation.

Stakeholders, particularly those in the arts industry, had complained about the marginalisation of Matabeleland in the way broadcasting services particularly radio stations reflect biases against artists from the region.

They suggested the ministry should decentralise the licensing of production houses through reviving television full-fledged broadcasting from Montrose Studios in Bulawayo and licencing of community radio stations to cater for the diverse cultural composition of the population.

Artists implored the ministry to look into censorship in the arts industry which stifled creativity by harmonising the Censorship Board over the material and content shown on television.

They said Bulawayo as a centre for content production is being constrained by biased attitude against the region that allows Harare to hog the limelight in national artistic events or national celebrations such as musical galas.

In response, Moyo said his ministry would confront the perception of marginalisation and would work to unify Zimbabweans and promote national cohesion.

“What is necessary for us all to be clear on what the national agenda is and do everything we can to advance it,” Moyo said.

 

Comments (9)

Who is Jonathan Moyo fooling? You were nominated to that ministerial post not to institute change but to put more repression and to make sure that any media in Zimbabwe is pro-Junta. That's your job Jonathan Moyo so stop the noise. The same goes to Ignatius Chombo whose job is to disturb any meaningful development in cities controlled by MDC-T. So the success of these two guys is just that, to make sure Zimbabweans suffer more. Talk of Zimbabwe being the same as hell and these tow guys being disciples of the devil?

Chipoto - 28 September 2013

I don't want to comment on this story but on the filthy editorial column comment of the same day where probably the myopic editor of the paper said it was financial suicide to award civil servants salary increase. You just outrightly intellectually challenged to think that way. You have lost focus because your paper was the mouthpiece of western sponsored party which was thrashed resoundingly in the recent harmonised election. For more than two decades civil servants have been wallowing in low incomes and you didn't offer any solutions since came into existence. Now you think that this duly increase is a suicide. Like the President said to USA and Britain and also their allies; shame, shame, shame on you because you're part of that foreign regime change. Because you're in the private media you now advocate the Govt to channel funds to the private sector so you can benefit. Hold your horses mr lizard-brained editor because its clear from your comment that you want ZANU (PF) not to fulfil one of its many but crucial promises so that civil servants rebel against this Govt so that your clueless MDC can recuperate. NO WAYS!!!

Rasta Dread - 28 September 2013

Those older will remember James Hadley Chase with his famous "Believe this you will believe anything"..Anyone who believes this gentleman was born last night!

gutter poet - 28 September 2013

@Rasta- Of course the civil service should get a fair wage..but do you think this should be to the detriment of everything and everyone else and if yes, why? Do you agree that this economy has been mismanaged to the death and by who?

gutter poet - 28 September 2013

JONATHAN ,JONATHAN, JONATHAN don't take us for stupids ,you fooled us before not this time around.Your agenda is one, to fight anything that is in opposition to ZANU ideology .As you say what you will do this time is to change the VENUE for GALAS .BULAWAYO this time you will get a fair of ACTION this time .THE DEVIL is trying hard to read the bible but his deeds remain the same .so JONNY shame on you ,Zimbabweans will never be colonised by your evil plans keep your AIRWAVES & we will keep our SATELIGHT DISHES or DSTV to be exact .Propaganda with no progress doesn't help .A SNAKE WILL ALWAYS BE A SNAKE .

CASHTALK - 28 September 2013

Jonhy boy who does he want to fool.Was not Daily News closed during his tenure? wasn't Joy TV also closed during his tenure, was he not also the author of AIPA & POSA ??? Haa.Why doesn't you just do the job that you are good at, thus suppressing the voices of the people of Zimbabwe

persuade - 30 September 2013

guys its not about duplicating zbc in different names but increasing media independence by pvt independent players in the industry to stop zbc monopoly of the air waves .this may help to promete a fair and balanced reporting .we can predict wat zbc is going to report on so we don't listen to them at all if you continue adding more subsidiaries it is the same as the original zbc tingaridze ngoma kana kuteerera zvigure pane kunyeperwa navanhu vatinoziwa hunhu hwavo

maisvokwadzo - 30 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling solar panels to the people in rural areas/villages so they can have electricity easily and very cheap. Very interesting. Go to SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using. SOLARTECH.CO , not dot com. Wake up Africans

Vada - 30 September 2013

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