ZBC license fees to be reviewed

by | Nov 10, 2021 | Business | 0 comments

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Cabinet has approved new radio and television license fees.

The fees, which are collected by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation are meant to finance the entity`s expansion drive.

The expansion includes the launch of two more television channels.

Speaking at Tuesday`s Post Cabinet Briefing, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said the review was due.

“ZBC’s equipment for both radio and television studios is obsolete and has outlived its lifespan and therefore requires urgent replacement to enable the broadcaster to improve service delivery,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Minister Mutsvangwa said the funds will be used to improve efficiencies at the state broadcaster.

“ZBC will soon be launching two more channels towards fulfillment of its mandate, and for these channels to be effectively rolled out, in addition to the on-going digitalization of its transmitters, the organisation has to be capacitated.
Listeners’ licence fees should cover 80 percent of the Corporation’s operational costs,” she added.
Currently, a household is paying ZWL$2100 per year for their radio and television.