Mandiwanzira blasts ZBC-TV reporters

HARARE - Deputy minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Supa Mandiwanzira, touched a storm in Chinhoyi when he accused

ZBC-TV reporters of exclusively focusing their coverage on politicians and ministers.

Mandiwanzira, who officially opened an editors’ workshop coordinated by the National Aids Council (Nac) was incensed by the ZBC-TV news crew who only switched on their cameras when he was about to deliver his presentation after ignoring four other presentations by high profile medical doctors and Nac officials.

The ZBC-TV news team sprang into action at the mention of Mandiwanzira’s name.

But the deputy minister immediately called the reporters and cameramen to order.

“As I was sitting here and listening to the presentation by the other speakers, I learnt a lot of things about HIV/Aids which I did not know in the past,” Mandiwanzira said. “It was an enriching experience, but I am disappointed that you ZBC-TV reporters could only switch on your cameras because I am the one speaking.”

Mandiwanzira said while it was important to capture politicians’ presentations, it was wrong not to cover others at the same forum.

In most of its news bulletins, ZBC-TV usually devotes plenty of airtime to politicians in the Zanu PF government, while ignoring all the other speakers who would have given their own presentations.

Equally, there are ministers and government officials who will not start any presentations if the ZBC-TV team is not there. Such ministers would rather delay proceedings while waiting in for the TV crew.

“News is not only about politicians and policy makers, it is about the people,” Mandiwanzira said. “Why should you ignore people in your reports and only cover us?”

The ZBC-TV news crew tried to defend their stance by claiming that they had backup footage from archives on the matters under discussion, but the deputy minister would have none of it.

“There is no need to be defensive because what we are talking about are the fresh presentations...You are ignoring important data,” the former TV journalist-cum-minister said

The ZBC-TV news crew told Mandiwanzira that all politicians in government demanded to be covered and the 60-minute news bulletin was not enough to include other voices.

The TV crew told the deputy minister that politicians get angry if they are not covered. The scribes said at times they were forced to only cover the politicians, usually the guest speaker, and then run to another assignment.

Comments (15)

So from now on ZBC-TV crew should cover everyone regardless of their political status. You heard it from your boss. Take heed.

Ngwenya - 20 May 2014

Please be honest with other zim people. We are one human in Zimbabwe.

ZONDAYI JAZI - 20 May 2014

coverage for all thanks Mr Mandiwanzira

D. MUNYORO - 20 May 2014

This is the best news item for me. I ma beginning to have confidance in our ministers now. I bet this will earn you a lot of respect Mandiwanzira. I hope ZBC takes heed of your concerns

rangwani - 20 May 2014

dzikai nawo wasu

nyanga - 20 May 2014

But have you seen the astronomical coverage of Minister Jonathan Moyo, both in print and electronic?

Che Guevara - 20 May 2014

Iwe na REUBEN BARWE muchiri kuZBC handiti ndozvamaiita here?Hapana chitsva chauri kuti udza nhasi apa

Mupfana weBikini - 20 May 2014

Thank you Supa for hitting the nail on the head! ZBC has lost viewership because of the challenge which you have now brought to the fore - that of seeing politicians and influencial people as THE only people who are newsworthy. The generation has lost coverage on numerous highly educative issues. Keep it up!

True - 20 May 2014

Super observation Supa. Ministers from the days of Chikowore who would rather abort his duties like official openings if ZBC was not there, think that we still waste our time listening and watching them on TV. That is no longer the case, we have our more reliable sources of information in the form of newspapers (not state ones), independant radio broadcasters and for those who can afford there is DSTV.

Dr Know - 20 May 2014

Spot on cde minister Mandiwanzira. Politicians with nothing to offer demand coverage at the expense of the nation at large.The nation needs useful information no matter who gives it.

GONA MWANA WEVHU - 20 May 2014

Spot on cde minister Mandiwanzira. Politicians with nothing to offer demand coverage at the expense of the nation at large.The nation needs useful information no matter who gives it.

GONA MWANA WEVHU - 20 May 2014

I wonder what has changed now that the former ZBC journalist/reporter has become Deputy Minister. He used to behave exactly the same way when he was at dead BC, and even tutored the same people he now expects to do it differently. Do as I say NOW not as I used to say or do back THEN. Very funny how we quickly forget, and when we are elevated we see ourselves as superhuman and super intelligent. To me Mr Mandiwanzira has simply become a politician. Always unreliable, inconsistent and unpredictable. I therefore expect very little from him, especially with the party he belongs to. It is shallow.

mosquito - 20 May 2014

i think we should appreciate the fact that Supa is now in policy making. At the time, he was only a journalist and toeing the line. if he is asking for change from journalists, lets appreciate

Dare devil - 21 May 2014

Well, I'm beginning to accept that in this animal called ZANU PF there are also smart politicians. I know that when cornered they protect their territory and behave like FOOLS (which is normal) and when left free are very smart. Great Supa. When credit is due we do give it. We are not like these other morons who cannot even acknowledge anything good when it comes from your political opponent (see - I did not say enemy). Morons cannot differentiate an opponent and an enemy

dick mboko - 21 May 2014

“There is no need to be defensive because what we are talking about are the fresh presentations...You are ignoring important data,” the former TV journalist-cum-minister said

Cyril Zenda - 5 June 2014

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