The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) – Zimbabwe has criticised the short-listing of Zimpapers, among the four chosen applicants for radio licences, arguing the move elbowed new players out of the media industry.
Zimpapers, a government-controlled media house which already publishes a plethora of newspaper and magazines, are tipped to clinch one of the two licences up for grabs.
Misa-Zimbabwe chairman Njabulo Ncube said Zimpapers was “crowding out” potential broadcasters yet it already enjoyed a big market share in the print media.
“Having said that, there is a worry that Zimpapers already has omni-presence in the print and that it now wants to crowd out the broadcasting sector where we have people who have been waiting for licences for a long time, such as community broadcasters. As Misa, we would have wanted diversity,” he said.
He, however, said legally, there was no problem with Zimpapers going into broadcasting given that Broadcasting Services Act of 2007 allowed for cross-ownership.
By virtue of being controlled by the government, Zimpapers is linked to the sole broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH), also under the State’s ambit.
Fourteen companies applied for the two available radio licences and four were shortlisted.
They are; Vox Media Productions (VOP), Hot Media (Kiss FM), AB Communications and Zimpapers.
Zimpapers is expected to appear for public hearing today, while AB Communications, whose directors include broadcaster Supa
Mandiwanzira, will appear next Tuesday and VOP on Thursday.
Hot Media (Kiss FM), with music icon Oliver Mtukudzi among its directors, appeared before the commission on Tuesday.
Below are profiles of some of the companies that applied for licences;
Hot Media (Shortlisted)
Company registration number 2844/2011
Date of registration 29/06/11
Tonderai Muswandbaye Ndoro
Victoria Sharon Mugabe
Musi Bridget Barbra Khumalo
Douglas Tawanda Munatsi
Principals: Gwatidzo Company Chartered Accountants
Dr Munyaradzi Kereke
Dr Charles Utete
Retired Brigadier-General Epmarcus Walter Kanhanga
Rungano Jekeso Mbire
Joseph Steve Mandizha
Vox Media Productions (VOP) (shortlisted)
John Masuku (Executive Director)
AB Communications – Supa Mandiwanzira on board (shortlisted)
Yes Frequency Modulation
Company registration number 19663/04
Date of registration 3/3/2005
Innocent Siboniso Tshuma
Bruce Beven Mujeji
Principal Officer: Innocent Siboniso Tshuma
Well Times Media
Company registration number 23773/2007
Date of registration 21/07/07
Vincent Tepi Tazvivinga
Company registration number 38981/2008
Date of registration 29/12/08
Company registration number 5261/2001
Barrymore Peter Manandi
Parkvoo Simbarashe Mutendera
Principals: Calton Consultants, Parkvoo Mutendera
Company registration number 8590/2005
Date of registration 20/05/05
Andrew Godwin Okoye (Nigerian)
Debu Okoye (Zimbabwean)
Principal: Debu Okoye
Black Things Communications
Company registration number: 1586/2010
Peter Zvanaka Mukwena
Jester Media Pvt Ltd (No record)
G-Tide (No record)