ZBC set to lose licensing arm to BAZ

The Zimbabwean government is planning to amend the Broadcasting Services Act to enable Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to collect radio and television licence fees instead of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

“Once the Act is amended, BAZ will take over the licensing fee collection role. In future all the revenue generated from licence fees will be used for programming purposes rather than to pay salaries,” said an official from Zimbabwean government who alleged that it was realised that the licence fees collected by ZBC were instead being diverted to pay allowances and salaries for top executives.

The licensing policy also needs to be reviewed as under the current law, even those with communication gadgets like cellphones are required to pay licence fees as the devices can receive radio signals.