HARARE, Feb 14 (BERNAMA-NNN-NEW ZIANA) — The Zimbabwe government expects to issue new commercial radio licences to independent operators by the middle of this year after the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) completes adjudicating applications submitted last month, says Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Supa Mandiwanzira.
The BAZ had invited applications for licences to operate 25 commercial radio stations across the country late last year but only received applications for 21 stations. Each of the country’s 10 provinces is expected to have at least one community radio station.
Mandiwanzira said here Thursday the Ministry had taken the initiative to introduce more players in the sector which is currently dominated by state-owned radio stations.
“The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe which is the licensing authority of new radio stations is right now in the process of adjudicating applications for more radio stations in various parts of the country. We think that this process should conclude in the next three months, we should have licences granted to those successful,” he said in remarks to mark World Radio Day.