Dr Dish, the company which was supposed to distribute the content for Kwese TV, has filed an urgent application at the High Court challenging the decision by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to cancel Dr Dish’s broadcasting licence. Dr Dish, which is being represented by Strive Masiyiwa’s associate Tawanda Nyambirai wants the High Court to reverse the decision made by BAZ chief executive officer, Obert Muganyura to cancel its licence.
Dr Dish executive chairman Nyasha Muzavazi said in his founding affidavit
I contend that these terms and conditions never came into effect and thus could not be the basis on which applicant’s licence could be terminated. Even if the terms and conditions attached to the licence were valid, I contend that MY TV Africa was merely a provider of content and not the service applicant was licensed to provide.
Applicant was entitled to replace the content provider or to have more than one content provider, provided that the content providers were listed in the particulars or information furnished to first respondent when applicant applied for a licence.
Applicant gave notice to first respondent on October 21, 2016 (as required by section 17 of the Act) and this notice was accepted and that acceptance was never revoked.