Government has released a new schedule of radio and television listener and viewership licence fees pegged in US dollars with the highest such document priced at US$200 per year.
However, viewers and listeners have an option of paying in local currency at the prevailing RBZ foreign currency auction rates.
The new fees were published in a government Gazette this Friday by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.
According to the gazette contained in Statutory Instrument 264 of 2021 – Broadcasting (Listener’s Licences) (Amendment Regulations) 2021, No 4 – radio (sound) for rural areas is now US$5 per quarter while those listening from urban areas pay double the amount.
For radio and television, it’s US$25 per quarter while radio and television for business premises would be US$100 and US$200 per year.
Radio licence fees for privately owned vehicles would be US$23 per quarter while those for vehicles owned by companies would be in US dollars for the same period.
Radio and Television licences for radio will now be pegged at US$200 per year.
Under Zimbabwean laws, an owner of a radio or television receiver is obliged to buy the licences even if they do not watch local programmes.