Regulation & Policy In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- For the second time in two months, the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has appealed to its members to stop newspaper reviews on their media. It will be recalled that BON passed a resolution last November directing all member stations to stop newspaper reviews from January 1, 2009 to June 30, 2009.

- Members of the House of Representatives and media owners in Zanzibar had a chance to air their views on the draft of new Broadcasting Policy for Zanzibar last August. Two consultation meetings were organized by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam. More information at http://portal.unescoURL_ID=27498&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

- The proposed pan-African satellite television outfit, Munhumutapa African Broadcasting Corporation (MABC), has failed to meet the deadline set by Botswana’s National Broadcasting Board (NBB) for it to have started broadcasting by January 1. But no action has been taken against the company which has been failing to comply with its licence requirements. MABC was granted a satellite subscription television service licence in December 2007 in terms of which the company should have started broadcasting within six months. When it failed, the deadline was extended to December 31, 2008. As is turns out, MABC - which is owned by controversial Zimbabwean businessman Oscar Kubara - has failed yet again