Zimbabwe: Digitalisation to Usher 12 New TV Stations, Improve Disaster Coping

INFORMATION, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Monica Mutsvangwa says the transformation of the media landscape from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting will improve signal reach and quality as well as promote media pluralism in the country.

She said the digital switch-over was long overdue but would go a long way in opening up the airwaves through establishment of 12 new television channels and promoting government’s developmental programmes for the attainment of Vision 2030.

“Through the Zimbabwe digital broadcasting migration project that we are launching today, our citizens will enjoy access to 12 free-to-air digital television services in Zimbabwe.

“The Second Republic is delivering this project on the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, where TV and radio have been central in providing public health and safety information and running basic primary education lessons for our learners,” said Mutsvangwa while officiating at the launch event at Magunje centre this Thursday.

Of the 12 TV channels, six will be reserved for the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) while private players will run the remaining six.

The digitalisation project cost US$125 million and is being spearheaded by national signal carrier Transmedia Corporation, ZBC and the media industry regulator Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).

Added Mutsvangwa, “The digital switch-over we are witnessing today is occurring at the same time with other developments within the region. We are moving along with other African countries such as Nigeria and South Africa, which have announced their digital switch over dates.”

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