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Media plurality and diversity as BAZ mobilises resources for new radio stations

Story by Tichaona Kurewa, Matabeleland North Bureau

THE Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) says it will this year mobilise more resources to support newly-licensed radio stations with content to enhance media plurality and diversity.

This came out at a BAZ engagement meeting held in Victoria Falls recently.

“Those already broadcasting will continue to mobilise resources to source content and broaden their impact in the communities they operate. The industry is looking forward to the exciting plurality of commercial televisions and radio and the number of citizens that will be able to access information on development programs, news, education and entertainment,” said BAZ chief executive officer, Engineer Tendai Kapumha.

Hwange Residents Association applauded government for licencing community radio stations.

The association’s chairperson, Mr Hebert Ncube said, “Community radio stations will certainly enhance development in various communities. Apart from that, the radio stations will promote local languages, culture and values to identify ourselves with the content and programs in which we will be taking part in as cell. So I really appreciate what the government has done.”

Currently, there are about seven community radio stations on air including, Lyeja FM in Hwange, Nyangani FM in Nyanga and Avuxeni in Chiredzi.

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