By Takunda Mandura
Harare City Council has resolved to task its Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango to make a follow up on its issue of getting a Community Radio and Television Licences for the council.
Council approached the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) earlier this year seeking the licences that will enable it to broadcast to its residents.
According to council minutes dated 1 July 2019, “the Town Clerk (Hosiah Chisango) advised that an application had been submitted to the BAZ.
“The Corporate Communication Manager (Michael Chideme) advised that the community radio did not come with a cost except costs relating to human resources, equipment and the station,” read part of the minutes.
The Town Clerk also advised that the council could also generate revenue from the radio and television through advertisements from the corporate organisation.
The city of Harare becomes the first local authority in the country to apply for the jealously guarded licences from BAZ.
Currently, there is no licensed community radio or television station in Zimbabwe despite the unfulfilled promises from the government.
Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana recently said the government has approved about 10 community radio stations to be issued with licences later this year.