Minister Mutsvangwa commissions studio for independent producers at ZBC

By ZBC Reporter
THE MINISTER of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has commissioned a high definition studio at ZBC Pockets hill for independent producers content production.

The minister applauded ZBC for investing in ensuring that its competitors have access to facilities that will enable them to play a diverse and critical role in the broadcasting industry.
Minister Mutsvangwa noted that Zimbabwe is going to see the emergence of at least six independent television channels within the next few months, the licensing should be completed before August 2020.
“Zimbabwe is going to see the emergence of at least six independent television channels within the next few months,” said the minister.
The studio has modern technology such as lighting systems that allow up to two production sets with four cameras, good editing suites, good acoustics and multiple video recorders which can be configured to operate in ultra-high definition

Government has pledged to support the growth of the broadcasting sector by ensuring diversity through the licensing of independent producers.
Senator Mutsvangwa also highlighted the importance of incorporating all the country’s 16 official languages in the media industry.
“Going forward we hope to see culturally appropriate, domestically originated programming. we hope to see productions in all our 16 languages,” she emphasised.
ZBC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Wisdom Hombarume gave credit to the government for the initiative, saying it will go a long way in addressing challenges being faced by independent producers.
“We applaud the government for such a noble initiative.The commissioning of the studio is in line with ZBC’s endeavor of expanding its business environment through the introduction of a multi-channel system to ensure availability of information, education and entertainment, in Zimbabwe, the SADC region and beyond,” he said.
The event was attended by officials from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, ZBC board members and independent producers who called on the government to facilitate funding for their productions through loans from financial institutions.
The independent Producers said the commissioned studio is a step in the right direction that seeks to promote local content.