Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chief executive Obert Muganyura said yesterday that the recently issued Zimpapers TV license is not a tv broadcasting license like the one held by ZBC. The license is a content distribution license which is similar to the one issued to Multichoice Zimbabwe and Kwese TV.
The cost of the license is $173,000.
Early this year we flighted an advertisement inviting those intending to provide broadcasting services that do not require frequency allocation to submit their applications to the authority. We gave examples of such services as content distribution, web-casting and video on demand.
That advertisement excluded applications for terrestrial television licences which in any case use frequencies. Zimpapers applied for a content distribution licence which essentially entails the distribution of content aggregated within or outside Zimbabwe and the delivery of that content is via satellite.
Essentially what Zimpapers applied for is a licence to provide services like DSTV and Kwesé which is different from a terrestrial television broadcasting licence.
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