Zimbabwe mourns low budget allocation for digitalisation process

Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services has said that the low budget levels allocated to the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services ministry would destroy the plans to migrate from analogue to digital platforms by June 2015.

“It means we are not prepared to meet the digitalisation programme, of which the consequences are drastic if we fail to meet it to the extent that we are going to lose our sovereignty, as far as the control of airwaves is concerned,” said Settlement Chikwinya, Committee member and Mbizo MP.

The committee said that the country required USD 173 million in order to be digitally compliant as against USD 5.5 million which has actually been allocated. ZBC alone needs USD 5 million for restructuring and production of quality programmes.