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Harare applies for TV and Radio licences

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.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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