Govt Passes Law To Allow Universities To Operate Radio Stations {Full Text}

The government has revised fees for broadcasting licenses that were based on US dollars and set them in Zimbabwe dollars through the gazetting of Statutory Instrument 27 of 2020.

The new regulations also include a definition of ‘Campus radio station’, a move that will allow colleges, universities and other educational institutions to operate radio stations. Below is the full text:

Statutory Instrument 27 of 2020.

Broadcasting Services (Licensing and Content (Amendment) Regulations. 2020 (No. 3)

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Information. Publicity and Broadcasting Services has, in terms of section 16 of the Broadcasting Services Act Chapter 12:06). approved the following regulations made by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe Board: –

1. These regulations may be cited as the Broadcasting Services (Licensing and Content) (Amendment) Regulations. 2020 (No. 3).
2. The Broadcasting Services (Licensing and Content) Regulations, 2004. published in Statutory Instrument 185 of 2004. (hereinafter called the principal regulations”).arcamendedin section 2 by insertion of the following definition
“Campus radio station” means a broadcasting service run and owned by a college, university or other educational institution whose programming is exclusively by students and broadcast mainly educational programmes for the training of students in media and broadcasting studies.”
3. The principal regulations are amended by the insertion of the following section after section 12A
“Additional categories of broadcasting service
12B in addition to the classes of broadcasting services that a licensee may be permitted to provide in terms of section 7 of the Act, a broadcasting license may authorise the licensee to provide a Campus Radio Station.”.
4. The principal regulations are amended by the repeal of the Second Schedule and the substitution of the following
“SECOND SCHEDULE (Section 4)

FEES FOR LICENSES
Free to Air National Radio Broadcasting Service
(a) Application Fee Initial – $42 500.00 (non-refundable)
(b) Application Fee Public Inquiry – $127 500.00 (non-refundable)

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