WASHINGTON DC —
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) says it will Sunday start inviting applications for the provision of local commercial radio stations.
In a statement, BAZ chief executive Obert Muganyura said the latest invitation follows that of last year which had few takers.
He said BAZ will be issuing specific guidelines for applicants in the local media. The organization awarded the first commercial radio licences to Zimpapers and AB Communications in 2011. Critics said these entities were linked to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.
John Masuku of the Voice of the People says he will re-submit a previous application which was turned down by the broadcasting authority.
Some stations like VOA Studio 7 for Zimbabwe and Short Wave Radio Africa are still broadcasting from abroad owing to the limited media space.
Deputy Information Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said recently Zimbabwe will licence independent commercial radio stations in order to counter so-called pirate stations broadcasting from other countries.