BAZ to capacitate community radio stations

By John Nhandara

THE Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is working round the clock to ensure all licenced community radio stations are capacitated to go on air, the chairperson has said.

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) held a board meeting in Harare this Monday, where issues to do with operationalisation of community radio stations took centre stage.

BAZ Board Chairperson, Engineer Charles Sibanda disclosed that they are also looking at ways of accommodating community television stations besides capacitating licenced community radio stations.

“Operationalisation of community radio stations is key in drastically improving universal access to information by citizens through broadcasting services. While 14 community radio Stations were licenced across the country four have started broadcasting,” said Sibanda.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa urged BAZ to uphold good corporate governance principles.

“This is a statutory meeting and stipulated with provisions of corporate governance act that requires public entities to hold at least two meetings per year,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

‘I implore public entities under my ministry like yourselves to adopt ethos of good corporate governance and my ministry is there to facilitate and give you policy guidance. It is my hope that you are executing your strategic plan in line with NDS1.”

Other issues that came under the spotlight include licencing of new players and the digitalisation project.