By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has given the Zimbabwe Newspapers stable a television licence in something that is sure to spark wide condemnation from media stakeholders opposed to the State’s determination to retain its stranglehold control of the airwaves.
Zimpapers is already running a national radio station, StarFM and three radio stations namely Capitalk FM (Harare), Diamond FM (Mutare) and Nyaminyami FM (Kariba), making it the only media empire to make forays in print as well as radio and television broadcasting.
Under then President Robert Mugabe and then Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe issued radio licences to Zanu PF aligned applicants who included cabinet minister Supa Mandiwanzira’s AB communications.
Only this year, the Mnangagwa government came under-fire for circumventing the more inclusive public processes of issuing licences when it licenced the Bulawayo based Khulumani FM which is under the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
Media stakeholders and the country’s opposition are adamant a media that remains in the State’s pocket is often reluctant to place the same State under scrutiny, thereby failing to discharge its oversight role over the country’s rulers.