Zimbabwe Calls For Radio Licenses

In a statement published in the state media on Thursday, BAZ said the applications deadline for the two licences on offer is the 30th of
June 2011. The authority said licence fees application will attract an initial US$ 2 500 fee while the inquiry will cost US$ 7500. The
licence fee will cost US$15 000 while the frequency fees will cost US$30 a month.

“In terms of Section 10 of the Broadcasting Services Act [Chapter 12:06], the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe hereby invites
applications for licences to provide the following classes of licences: Free to air national commercial radio broadcasting service,”
the BAZ said in  statement.

The BAZ said the licence to be issued will be for 10 years. The BAZ is headed by the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) chief executive officer,
Tafataona Mahoso who faces accusations of stifling the media in the past when he was the head of the Media Information Commission (MIC).

So far the ZMC has issued licences to more than 20 newspapers and magazines in the private sector after the board was appointed.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) statement on Africa Day on Wednesday accused President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) of stifling
the efforts by the unity government to issue broadcasting licences to prospective players. The media organisation said other nations have
more radio stations and television stations across the African continent.

MISA’s statement comes as a Zanu (PF) official, Bright Matonga said the country is not in need of any broadcasting players.

Matonga accused journalists and some political parties of demanding broadcasting licenses now because the country is heading towards
elections.