Full Press Statement from BAZ dismissing claims that Kwese TV has a valid broadcasting licence

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PRESS STATEMENT

BROADCASTING AUTHORITY OF ZIMBABWE

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe wishes to advise the public that the Authority has not issued any licence for the provision of Kwese TV In Zimbabwe. This follows media reports suggesting that Kwese was now officially in Zimbabwe and did not need a licence after all. In terms of the Broadcasting Services Act [Chapter 1206J, no person shall provide a broadcasting service in Zimbabwe other than in accordance with a licence issued by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. T. Content Distribution licence issued to Dr. Dish, which was specific to the provision of the My TV Africa Service, as declared by Dr. Dish in its application and stated in the terms and conditions of the licence, was cancelled by the Authority for failure by Dr. Dish to provide the My TV Africa service, The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe 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.

Obert Muganyura
Chief Executive Officer

 

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 Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is the regulatory authority for broadcasting in Zimbabwe. BAZ was established through an Act of Parliament in 2001 providing for the functions, powers and duties of the authority. BAZ falls under the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity. BAZ issues licenses to television and radio broadcasting companies in Zimbabwe. Read More



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