ZiFM named among Top 20 in Africa

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s first privately-owned radio station, ZiFM Stereo was yesterday rated among the best 20 radio stations in Africa.

This is according to Network Africa; a United Kingdom-based international online news and entertainment publication.

Network Africa’s chief editor, Joachim Mba, said their aim was to encourage the best quality practices in Africa.

ZiFM radio station happens to be among the best 20 radio stations in Africa,” Mba said from London.

He said the criteria used included gauging popular demand, online presence and social media profiles.

ZiFM Stereo is owned by AB Communications and went on air on  August 15, 2012. AB Communications chief executive Susan Makore said she was humbled by the ratings.

“Given that we have been broadcasting for just two years, we are very humbled by this recognition,” Makore said. “I would like to thank our loyal advertisers and our listeners for the support they have been giving us since our inception. We appreciate the support and partnership we have with our advertisers and listeners.”

Makore said ZiFM Stereo will continue to give value to its advertisers and listeners.

Some of the radio stations listed by Network Africa include, Radio Citizen FM of  Kenya, three South African radio stations Ukhozi FM, SAFM and Metro FM.

Others are Radio Wave (Namibia), Breeze FM (Zambia), Canal A FM (Angola), Okay FM  and Peace FM both from Ghana, Nile FM (Egypt) and Radio Vao Mahasoa (Madagascar). Cameroon’s Radio Tiemeni Siantou is also on the list as Morocco’s Chada FM. Radio stations from Tanzania (Clouds FM), Gambia (Star FM) and Nigeria’s Wazobia FM.

The rating comes at a time ZiFM Stereo is celebrating its second anniversary today.

It also comes after the Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe has been consistently rating the radio station as the most credible and reliable news outlet in Zimbabwe.

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