By Kenias Chivuzhe
Nyangani Fm is set to become the second community radio station to go on air with the new station based in Nyanga now conducting test runs.
Government is satisfied with the progress made so far in ensuring Nyangani FM goes on air and has pledged to assist licensed community radio stations that have no capacity to procure broadcasting equipment.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Kindness Paradza during an assessment tour of the community radio station this Tuesday.
“I am happy that they have gone far in setting up the station. As you can see, they now have studios and they are on air, but they are doing some test runs and we are impressed with the developments. I am sure in 30 days, we should be able to come here and officially launch this project with the minister. This is going to be the second station after Avuxeni in Chiredzi,” he said.
Deputy Minister Paradza said the positive development speaks to the government’s commitment to transforming the media landscape into a multi-million-dollar industry.
“We want to transform the media industry to be a multi-million-dollar industry. We are opening up our media to foreign investors. This can be through partnerships or standalone companies. We are going to allow BAZ to issue licenses every year. The amendments are with the Attorney general and will be coming to parliament soon,” he added.
Deputy Minister Paradza urged Nyangani radio station to use local languages in line with the national vision to promote indigenous languages.
The government has also provided a waiver for community radio stations to collect adverts to deal with viability challenges, while plans to provide licenses for provincial radio stations and community television stations are part of the media reform agenda.