Prince Dubeko Sibanda, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on media said Zanu PF and govt departments must pay the broadcaster for the live events to enable the broadcaster to carry out its mandate as a broadcaster Newsday reports.
Mr Sibanda said:
ZBC must be a grant-aided institution and must be supported by the fiscus so that it effectively plays its role as a public broadcaster.
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The corporation humbly requested other government departments and ministries to pay ZBC for broadcasting services invoiced and rendered, and a budgetary allocation for coverage of national events may be made available on a cost recovery basis of $102 000 per event through Treasury.
Currently, ZBC is owed over US$16 million for services provided to other government departments and ministries
Mr Sibanda said the monies paid should then be used to pay journalists and other ZBC employees a decent salary. ZBC is the country’s sole broadcaster and it has long been accused of bias by both the local and the international community.