CCPC asks govt intervention to encourage pay-TV competition in Zambia

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is in discussion with Zambian government on the abuse of broadcast dominance by Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and MultiChoice in the pay-TV industry.

“The agreement that ZNBC has with Multichoice has created a lot of concerns,” said Chilufya Sampa, executive director at CCPC. “People are trying to enter the market but they are failing as to come here you need to have certain local content, and the best firm to broadcast local content is ZNBC. We are currently looking at this abuse of dominance which is a concern to us because we want to have as many pay TV stations as possible.”

He further added that the subscription costs have continued to swell up due to no competition. Subscribers have been subjected to paying high premiums for a bouquet over the last 10 years with prices that started from USD 50 to the current USD 100.