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Radio VOP ready to shut foreign base

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Vox Media Productions (VOP) will stop broadcasting from out of the country and relocate the equipment it is using for its new station VOP FM if it is granted a licence by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).

This was revealed by the company after appearing before a public hearing conducted by BAZ.
David Masunda, chairman of Vox Media Productions, said they had waited for 10 years for a licence and they were now ready to broadcast.

“We have been keen for the past 10 years to apply for a licence because we have a passion. We want to comply with the Global Political Agreement that says all broadcasters broadcasting out of the country must come and apply for licences,” he said.

Masunda said VOP FM that will cater for the 16 to 60-year age group wants to be a 24-hour national radio station and has a team of experienced broadcasters and journalists. It is not the first time Vox Media Productions, the commercial arm of Radio VOP, has applied for a broadcasting licence.

The company first applied back in 2005 but despite the application, no private broadcaster was issued with any licence.

VOP FM is one of the four prospective broadcasters shortlisted for licence issuance by BAZ. The others are Hot Media, AB Communications and Zimpapers Radio.

The directors of Vox Media Production are Masunda, Nhlanhla Ngwenya, Sharon Samushonga, Tafadzwa Ralph Mugabe, Arnold Tsunga and John Masuku.

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