Harare, Thursday, January 9, 2014-The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has received 21 applications for local commercial radio licences from across the country ahead of its January 7, 2014 deadline. BAZ chief executive officer Mr Obert Muganyura told The Herald that the submissions were a mixture of new, re-done and prior pending applications.
“There were 21 submissions. Of those 13 were new applications following our fresh call in October 2013. Five were resubmissions by applicants who had responded to our first call in 2012 while three were carried over from that first call.
“The breakdown of applications is as follows: Harare (6), Bulawayo (5), Lupane (2), Victoria Falls (2),Mutare (2) while Gweru, Zvishavane, Bindura and Masvingo had one applicant each,” he said.
He said one licence would be granted in each area but approval was not automatic for applicants from areas where no one else had expressed interest.
Mr Muganyura said BAZ offices remained open until 8.30pm on Tuesday to allow all interested people to apply.
“This round has seen much improved presentations by the applicants. I believe this is a direct result of our publication of guidelines last year to help applicants put together their proposals following failure by most applicants to meet the set guidelines previously,”he said.