90% of Zimbabweans are not playing radio and TV licences to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Parliament was told.
ZBC chief executive officer Patrick Mavhura appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media on Thursday where he made the sensational claim.
Mavhura claimed that the public broadcaster has therefore been prejudiced of hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid fees. Said Mavhura:
The forecasted budget for 2019 is $45 million and we expect $34 million from advertising revenue and $10 million from licencing.
The potential licence revenue we are supposed to collect is around $220 million per annum, but the compliance rate is very low at less than 10%, and what it means is that less than 10% of the country’s population is paying licences.
The ZBC official said nonpayment was attributable to poor TV and radio signals in many areas.