Zimbabwe: Govt allocates $8.9bn for New Radio Station – Iran to fund refurbishment

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The Government has put up Z$8.9 billion for the new Gweru-based shortwave radio station that is scheduled to start broadcasting soon, Information and Publicity Minister Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said yesterday. He said the radio station, which would fall under the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings, would start airing before this year's independence celebrations on April 18. It will be the fifth radio station under the ZBH stable.

Dr Ndlovu was briefing journalists soon after a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Rasoul Momeni at his Munhumutapa Offices. The two discussed Iran's assistance in the refurbishment and digitalisation of ZBH Bulawayo studios. Turning to the ZBH studios in Bulawayo, he said following discussions with Momeni, Iran would assist in the refurbishment and digitalisation of the studios. The Iranian government also provided five million euro ($115 billion) for the digitalisation of both the ZBC and ZTV studios at Pockets Hill under phase one of the project.

Dr Ndlovu said he recently visited the Bulawayo studios and was shocked to see the state of the dilapidated equipment that was being used. The Government, he said, was working on a programme of upgrading transmitters that would ensure that all parts of the country received local radio and television signals. He said there was need for mobile television studios to be established in all the country's provinces.

The Herald