Opening up of airwaves in line with Open for Business mantra: Govt

By Fungai Jachi

THE Second Republic’s media reformative agenda continues to transform the media landscape, amid government commitment towards ensuring the information and entertainment needs of all the country’s citizens are met.

The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who officiated at the launch of a local television station this Thursday, says the Second Republic’s reforms in all sectors are key towards national transformation.

“When our President, His Excellency was asked how he wanted to be remembered by future generations, his response was that he wanted to be remembered as a Reformer. We are gathered here as a testimony to his sincerity. Under his leadership our media landscape is positively unrecognisable. It has been overhauled and totally transformed. We are privileged to be witnesses of this. This is in line with his bold, but pragmatic pronouncement of leaving no one and no place behind,” she said.

Senator Mutsvangwa also highlighted that the opening up of the airwaves is clear testimony that Zimbabwe is indeed open for business, while challenging the new television station to tell the true Zimbabwean story.

It is clear for all to see that Zimbabwe has not only been opened for business, but Zimbabwe is open for broadcasting business. This is a seminal trade-mark of the Second-Republic. This constitutional benchmark of this dispensation also makes Zimbabwe an optimal destination for capital. Therefore, I task ZTN to tell the authentic Zimbabwean story.  ZTN is to chart a new chapter of Digital Broadcasting in the domain of broadcasting It will strive to satiate the hunger for exciting content for a nation pleased premium. Zimbabweans at home and abroad will have a chance to show their mettle as citizens of a globalising world,” she added.

Free-to-air television network licenses were issued to six independent players in 2020 and two stations have since gone on air.