Malawi: regulator received 64 TV Licence Applications for re-advertised licence

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The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has been overwhelmed with 64 applications for national and regional TV licences following the re-advertisement for TV licence bids a month ago. MACRA's director general Charles Nsaliwa confirmed this saying more than half of the applicants have already submitted their bid proposals.

Charles Nsaliwa said the number of national TV licenses to be issued would depend on how many would be eligible for the licence. Nsaliwa added that MACRA would be issuing the licences very soon. MACRA spokesman said that some bids lacked technical and financial proposals and that most entities failed to comply with the requirements in the bid documents.

Malawi has currently one public television channel, Malawi Television (TVM), the only national broadcaster. There are also three community religious stations Luntha TV owned by the Catholics beaming around the small town of Balaka, and two Blantyre based stations, All for Jesus (AFJ TV), owned by Pastor Felix Zalimba and Calvary TV owned by Calvary church.