Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) denies issuing licence to Kwese TV

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In a statement released today, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) denied issuing Kwese TV a licence to operate in the country despite reports that it did not require a licence.

BAZ CEO, Mr Obert Muganyura said in terms of the Broadcasting Services Act [chapter 12:06], no person shall provide a broadcasting service in Zimbabwe other than in accordance with a licence issued by BAZ. Muganyura stated that the content distribution licence issued to Dr. Dish, which was specific to the provision of the My TV Africa Service was cancelled by BAZ for failure by Dr. Dish to provide service. Part of the statement by BAZ reads:

BAZ therefore wishes to advise the public not to invest in a service that cannot be provided without a licence and warns anyone who may contemplate providing an unlicensed broadcasting service to acquaint themselves with the course of action that the authority is bound to take in terms of the law.

Strive Masiiyiwa was also initially denied a license to set up Econet Wireless and had to fight the government through the courts to be awarded the licence.   You can read an account of his legal battles here.

 

Kwese TV is a Zimbabwean satellite and broadcasting network owned by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, under Econet Media. On 23 August 2017, Econet Media announced that Kwese TV was now available in Zimbabwe and that decoders were available at Econet Shops. However, that very same day the The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) dismissed the claim that Kwese TV had been licensed and warned consumers not to invest in an unlicenced service. It also warned business operators not to provide "an unlicensed broadcasting service." Read More

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a country located in the Southern Africa region. Its capital city is Has capital::Harare and the country has provinces. Zimbabwe is 390,580 sq km and is bordered on all sides by other countries (Zambia in the north, South Africa in the South, Botswana in the west and Mozambique in the east). The Zimbabwean population includes the majority black Africans, most of who are indigenous Shona and Ndebele. Besides these major ethnic groups, there are also migrant citizens mainly from sub-Saharan Africa. Besides these foreigners resident in Zimbabwe, there are also a number of other local indigenous ethnic minorities scattered in different corners of the country and these include the Tonga, the Tawara, Venda and Kalanga people. As at 2012, the population of people in Zimbabwe stood at 13 061 239.The National Anthem. Click below to play Read More



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