Open Parly ZW has revealed that the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is charging them $13 000 to provide a live feed to the Constitutional Court proceedings on Wednesday. Said Open Parly:
— #OpenCovidContracts (@OpenParlyZw) August 20, 2018
NewZimbabwe.com reports ZBC-TV is demanding $13,073 for those wishing to pick up uninterrupted live feed from start to end of the event. Broadcasters who choose to go by the second option of uninterrupted hourly rates will pay US$1,815 per hour. For radio, ZBC is charging US$5,217 per day for those who wish to get uninterrupted live feed from start to finish while uninterrupted hourly rates for radio will cost US$725 per hour.
This comes as Zimbabwe will for the first time broadcast live court proceedings of a Con-Court hearing of an application lodged by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa challenging the presidential election results. According to a letter to ZBC’s CEO Patrick Mavhura, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) secretary Walter Chikwana, allowed the national broadcaster to broadcast the proceedings of the Con-Court involving the electoral challenge to the results of 2018 presidential election live.