Joseph Madzimure and Yeukai Tazira
Government has appointed boards for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Transmedia Corporation Limited and Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).
The appointments are with immediate effect.
In a statement yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the appointments came after consultations with President Mnangagwa
The ZBC board will be chaired by Dr Josaya Tai.
Other board members are Ambassador Thomas Bvuma, Tsitsi Dangarembizi, Heliate Rushwaya, Dorothy Mabika, Devnanda Popatla, Reverend Thompson Dube and Brian Mutangandebvu.
The Transmedia Limited will be chaired by Ambassador Mary Mubi, with other members being Clifford Mufiri, Raymond Takavarasha, Pamela Machingambi, Viola Zenenga, Margaret Zhou and Dalick Marandure.
Transmedia is a State-owned company established to provide radio and television signal distribution services for broadcasters in Zimbabwe in terms of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Commercialisation Act 2001.
The BAZ board comprises Ambassador Bornface Guwa Chidyausiku, Tendai Karonga, V. Makamure-Nduna, Vimbai Nyakudya, Chief Mabikwa, Oliver Mandipaka, Rodney Mazeyewe, Victoria Spiwe Mamvura, Jonathan Mapinda, Audrey Chihota and Jennifer Chakanyuka.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the BAZ board chair will be announced in due course.
Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana told The Herald yesterday that the appointments come at a time Government was working on media reforms.
“The appointment of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (board) comes at the backdrop of serious media reform and a number of statements of intent by the ministry to register media houses, especially in the broadcasting sector.
“The board is going to immediately get down to the business of publishing necessary regulations so that specifications for necessary set top boxes will be gazetted for the people of Zimbabwe to start enjoying the dividend of the investment in digitalisation project.
“The nation also expects them to be registering community radio stations,” said Mr Mangwana.
Source: The Herald