Broadcast In Brief


- East Coast Radio's licence application for a new Richards Bay region local radio station is currently on hold, thanks to an ICASA moratorium on all new radio licence applications in South Africa. The proposed radio station would be a transmitter split from East Coast Radio and would broadcast between 11am and 2pm daily. East Coast Radio remains confident about its application to ICASA; however, the licence announcement has been delayed due to a countrywide licence conversion process, which affects all broadcasters and telecommunication companies.

- The privately owned "Radiomais" radio station started transmission Friday 07:00 am, in the 99.0 frequency, one day after its public presentation, in Luanda by MediaNova. The radio station will broadcast 24 hours a day within the limits of Luanda, before expanding to the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Uíge, Cabinda, Namibe and Bié."Radiomais". Based in the "Projecto Nova Vida" zone in Luanda, it is a general audience radio station with entertainment, sports, music and news programmes.

- The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation was last week forced to send home most workers including journalists after its vehicle fleet was grounded by an acute shortage of fuel and spare parts.The state broadcaster faces numerous challenges stemming from perennial underfunding by government. The government is yet to award an operating licence to any private broadcaster eight years after the Supreme Court declared the ZBC monopoly unconstitutional. Critics say the delay has deprived Zimbabweans an alternative source of news which is not biased towards the ruling Zanu PF party.