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ZBC commended for investing in modern infrastructure

Story by Abigirl Tembo

THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been commended for upholding quality standards in broadcasting by investing in cutting-edge infrastructure.

This comes after the commissioning of new radio studios at ZBC’s Pockets Hill in Highlands Harare this Friday.

The studios to cater for ZBC’s four radio stations broadcasting from Harare are internet protocol-based having moved away from the traditional analog systems to the internationally used IP system.

The studios will be used to broadcast international events like the World Cup and the Olympics and will ensure ZBC ‘s radio network operates at the highest possible standards.

Officially commissioning the new studios at Pockets Hill in Highlands, Harare this Friday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa commended the national broadcaster for investing in modern infrastructure.

“These studios, built to international standards serve as a testament to ZBC’s dedication to upholding the highest quality in broadcasting. By investing in cutting-edge infrastructure ZBC is not only raising the bar in terms of technological capabilities but is also ensuring that the content delivered to the nation is of high-quality standard the retooling of key infrastructure installations at the ZBC is crucial in the overall drive of the Second Republic to ensure access to information for all.

“Undoubtedly, this far-reaching initiative will ensure that the national broadcaster is better placed to service a wider and more diverse audience with better quality programming.

“As we do so, we can encompass the length and breadth of our country in terms of information dissemination, this leaves no one and no place behind,” Senator Mutsvangwa said.

ZBC Board Chairperson, Dr Josaya Tayi said the studio upgrading exercise will also include the corporation’s two local commercial radio stations Khulumani FM in Bulawayo and Central Radio in Gweru.

“ZBC has embarked on a transformative journey aimed at enhancing our technological capacity across all broadcasting facets our role is to provide the highest quality programming and services to our valued listeners and those new radio studios mark a significant milestone in that endeavor,” he said.

In a speech read on her behalf by Director Engineering and Broadcasting Technology, Mr Tapiwa Mudzamba, ZBC CEO Ms Adelaide Chikunguru said the main objective is to deliver quality content.

“The new studios are equipped with state-of-the-art radio programming and automation systems complete with disaster recovery facilities. This integration will ensure seamless operations and enable us to deliver uninterrupted programming even in the face of unforeseen challenges.

“Furthermore, we have incorporated live visual radio systems and live streaming services into the studio.”

With the new radio stations set up at US$250 000, presenters are now able to work remotely while administrators can implement control measures from anywhere in the world.

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