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    Areas with no signal should not pay radio, TV licences - Charamba


    CHIREDZI – Radio and television audiences living in areas where there are no signals are not obliged to pay radio and television licences, George Charamba, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Media Services has said.
    Charamba said this during a Zim Digital meeting in Chiredzi two weeks ago where he met stakeholders and artists who produce content for radio and television.
    It is not mandatory for people to pay for services that they don't get and therefore audiences in places like Chiredzi and Beitbridge where there is no transmission cannot be forced to pay for radio and television licences, said Charamba
    Charamba castigated the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and ZBC for poor service by failing to provide services to many parts of Zimbabwe.
    "People are not forced to pay for radio and television licences if they are not getting the services. There are a number of areas which have poor transmission like here in Chiredzi and audiences should not pay for what they don't get. All communities must be served by ZBC," said Charamba.
    BAZ Technical Director Mathias Chakanyuka said only 65 percent of the people in Zimbabwe are receiving radio and television transmission and plans are underway to increase that percentage by installing new transmitters which will see Chiredzi getting one in Mkwasine and at Chikombedzi Growth point.  
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