JOURNALISTS who converged at a Media Institute of Southern Africa-organised broadcasting conference recently held in the capital are concerned at the lack of content on the countryâ€™s local radio stations, saying it pushes away listeners, thereby the radio stations lose market.
Government is on course to finalising the realignment of laws with the new Constitution, with cabinet having approved amendments to 206 out of the 400 that require synchronisation with the new Charter.Â Â Â
Community radio stations are an important tool for development and should be established expeditiously, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services has said. Committee member and legislator for Mazowe North Cde Edgar Chidavaenzi made the remarks on Thursday addressing advocates of community radios and media stakeholders during a community broadcasting conference held in Harare.
"Community radio stations are essential tools for development. As parliamentarians we want community radios to operate as soon as possible," Cde Chidavaenzi said. He said community radios could be used to create employment and better the lives of people and promote other downstream economic activities.
The government has been urged to license community radios that could play a key role in disseminating information on environmental issues to rural communities.
THE Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) says it is will take the government to court if it fails to grant its members community radio licences in line with the law.