Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Zimbabwe plans new radio station

The Government of Zimbabwe has released funds for the opening of a new radio station, Studio 24/7, in Gweru, the acting Minister of Information and Publicity, Cde Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, has said. Addressing journalists at the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists annual general meeting in Redcliff last Friday, Cde Mangwana said the radio station would be operational before the end of the year.
“Government has already released the funds to operate Studio 24/7 and that is a boost to the broadcasting industry. Everything being in place as it is, the station should be fully operational before the end of the year,” he said.
Cde Mangwana, who did not disclose the amount released by the Government, said the station would fall under the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH). Initially it was supposed to be run by New Ziana but we have since realised that broadcasting is not the core-business of New Ziana,” he said.
The New Ziana broadcasting project has been on the cards for more than three years with fully equipped studio premises in Gweru.

(Source: The Herald/R Netherlands Media Network weblog)