Five local companies have been issued with a total of eight commercial radio broadcasting service licences.
In a statement, the board chairman of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) Dr Tafataona Mahoso named the following successful applicants and the areas they applied for:
AB Communications, trading as Gogogoi FM operating in Masvingo;
Ray of Hope trading as Ya FM operating in Zvishavane;
Kingstons trading as Nyaminyami FM operating in Kariba;
Fairtalk Communications trading as Breeze FM operating in Victoria Falls;
Zimpapers trading as Diamond FM operating in Mutare;
Fairtalk Communications, trading as Skyz Metro FM operating in Bulawayo;
Kingstons trading as KE 100.4 FM operating in Harare and AB Communications trading as Faya FM operating in Gweru.
Dr Mahoso said 18 applications were shortlisted and five of them failed to pay the statutory fees and one withdrew, leaving 12 who appeared before the authority.