The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) says it will soon launch a security services channel as part of a cocktail of programmes planned for digital television broadcasting.
ZBC chief executive officer, Patrick Mavhura told hundreds of content producers in Beitbridge that the security channel will be introduced alongside other channels such as wildlife, our country and Africa, history movies and religion, as part of the State broadcaster’s expansion programme.
Mavhura was accompanying Media Information and Broadcasting Services ministry permanent secretary George Charamba and Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and Transmedia Holdings officials on a mission to identify content producers for ZBC, as the country migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Mavhura asked close to 300 people gathered for an outreach programme to produce dramas, plays and urged artistes to create content for radio and television channels that will be in abundance.
“We will have six channels and that means plenty of content is required. This will create employment and many business opportunities,” he declared.
Speaking at the same occasion, Charamba said Zimbabwe’s radio and television coverage will soon be scaled up from the current 55% to 85% to increase coverage in most outlying areas.
“It’s people in the outlying areas, who bore the brunt of and contributed in the war. Areas such as Beitbridge, that are not getting radio and television signals, plans to reach them are advanced,” he said, adding they had secured material for additional transmitters to expand radio and television reception.
Furthermore, Charamba said the government was also negotiating with cellular operators so their transmitters could be used to help spread radio and television signals. He also declared that mobile phone transmitters will be used to boost radio and television signals in most remote parts of the country and arrangements with cellular service providers was underway.
Charamba concluded by saying that the shortage of funds stopped mobile operations of his department tasked with rural outreach programmes. His ministry in the past provided mobile van services that would educate communities of development through films.
“There is a shortage of funds, but as soon as we have funding, we will relaunch the programme.”