Give radio licences to new players

EDITOR — The awarding of broadcast licences has come up again with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) issuing eight players out of the 21 applicants.

But what is surprising is that some companies received more licences when they already have licences to broadcast in this country.

The awarding of more licences to companies that already have licences to operate in some parts of the country promotes monopoly and is unfair to other applicants who want to get into the industry.

In my humble opinion, broadcasting licences should be given to new players so that they is competition for listeners of this particular product.

As Zimbabweans we might not be aware of the criteria that BAZ uses to award such licences.

Maybe the criteria has to be clearly spelt out and become public knowledge so that those who intend to apply for these broadcasting licences make sure that they meet all the requirements.

The awarding of more licences to the same companies might be interpreted as that the BAZ has a special interest in these companies.

The present day Zimbabwe does not allow for monopoly in any sector.

All citizens must be given a chance to try their hand on any business and fail instead of being snubbed.

Zimbabwe is one of the few countries in southern Africa that has not fully-opened up its airwaves to various players.

Look at South Africa, there are many radio and television stations  such that the citizens have a lot of choices in terms of what to watch and what to listen to.

The government must make sure that licences are given to new players so that there is fairness and equal opportunity to all.

Let us be fair and transparent in our business dealings so that the earn the respect of our fellow men and they have faith in our systems of operations.


Comments (2)

Actually all the private newspapers have also joined the bandwagon as many of our comments are scrubbed from view and classed as scams or spams just because we get a little too close to the bone when answering your articles. What's the point of asking for comments when you block most of them ?????????

ronaldos - 6 March 2015

Well or unwell only God knows what is happening to the first lady whether she attends the meetings or not the truth will always come out so Mrs Mutsvangwa do not tell us what you don't know

Zanne - 25 March 2015

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