WASHINGTON DC —
The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa says the country should come up with sustainable radio station models that are likely to be supported by a stagnant economy.
Director Nhlanhla Ngwenya says Zimbabweans are capable of running commercial and community radio stations though the stagnant economy can affect their operations.
He says foreign funding is needed to run these stations.
A senior official in the Information, Media and Information Broadcasting Services ministry, Anyway Mutambudzi, announced Friday that local radio stations can now receive foreign funding subject to approval by his ministry.
Mutambudzi, a director of urban communications, told a Media Institute of Southern Africa –Zimbabwe Chapter broadcasting conference, in Harare that the ministry will have to vet the sources of funding for the local radio stations saying in life generally there are no free donations.
He said his ministry, in vetting the source of funding, will be trying to establish the donors’ motives in funding local stations.
The broadcasting law permits controlled foreign funding of some media organizations.