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ZBC gets legal ammunition

ZBC gets legal ammunition

Sunday, 22 July 2012 13:49

THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been given ammunition to 
enforce listeners to pay licence fees following the gazetting of regulations 
that punish defaulters on Friday.
The regulations were approved by the Minister of Media, Information and 
Publicity, Webster Shamu, in terms of section 46 of the Broadcasting 
Services Act as read with section 14 (d) of the Criminal Procedure and 
Evidence Act.

The Broadcasting Services (Notice to Appear in Court) Regulations 2012 gives 
those without valid licences notice to appear in the magistrates court.
Failure to do so would result in the application for a warrant of arrest.

According to the regulations, one avoids appearing before the courts by 
admitting being guilty and paying a deposit fine fixed for the offence.
Before the new regulations, ZBC had no ammunition to force viewers and 
listeners to have licences despite issuing out notices for people to report 
to the nearest police station and produce a valid listener or viewers’ 

ZBC charges US$20 annually as radio fees and US$50 for television per 

Listeners and viewers have complained that the fees do not tally with the 
poor programming by the national broadcaster.

ZBC has been turned into a Zanu PF mouthpiece and denigrates Prime Minister 
Morgan Tsvangirai and members from MDC-T.

Last year, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe issued Zimpapers and Supa 
Mandiwanzira’s Zi FM licences to run radio stations.

Zimpapers’ Star FM started broadcasting last month while Zi FM is currently 
running tests.

ZBC’s fees are steep compared to those prevailing in neighbouring South 

In South Africa, households pay R250 or US$30 annually for both radio and 
television licences.

Due to the boring programming on ZBC, many have resorted to alternatives 
like the free-to-air decoders such as Wiztech, Philibao, Fortec Star and 
Vivid for better programming.
Zimbabwe has the highest broadcast piracy rate in Africa of 92%, as people 
use Wiztech and Philibao decoders to decrypt South African signal career, 
Sentech’s signals.


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