Zambia: ZNBC Launches TV Duo-Cast Transmitter

Technology & Convergence

The Zambian Government has launched the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Lusaka television duo-cast transmitter that will enhance quality service delivery.This is according to the Times of Zambia story posted on its website.

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Kennedy Sakeni, commended the national broadcaster on the installation of the new high power UHF television transmitter, saying that was a great achievement in ZNBC's ongoing efforts to provide quality television service to Zambians.

The transmitter that was launched at mass media complex was among five others that were installed 33 years ago to provide television service along the line of rail from Livingstone to Chililabombwe.

Sakeni said the transmitters had become old especially that most of the spare parts required to maintain them were no longer being manufactured. "The facility will, no doubt, enhance ZNBC's outreach television service to the people. This is a welcome development which is in line with government's commitment to ensuring public access to information, a pre-requisite for sustainable and economic development" he said.

Sakeni said Government funded the dual cast (analogue and digital) television transmitter at a cost of K3.5 million. He said the commissioning was a significant step in Zambia's migration process from analogue to digital broadcasting technology. June 2015 is the deadline for countries worldwide to switch from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

He also said Government is happy that its efforts to depoliticise the national broadcaster and other public media institutions were bearing fruit and have restored professionalism. Sakeni said Government was happy to note that professionalism, objectivity and editorial independence had been restored to the public media institutions since September 2011 when the Patriotic Front (PF) formed Government.

"Professionalism, objectivity and editorial independence have been restored. ZNBC's programming and news bulletins are now a marvel to watch," he said. The Minister pledged Government's continued support to public media institutions in their quest to better serve the people of Zambia.

ZNBC Director General Chibamba Kanyama assured Zambians of improved quality television signals following the commissioning of the transmitter. He said the transmitter would cater for surrounding areas of Kabwe, Chongwe, Mazabuka up to Monze and other surrounding places of Lusaka.

Kanyama commended Government for its continued support and announced that following the launch of the transmitter, ZNBC's TV 2 yesterday resumed transmission and thanked viewers for their patience.

Rohde and Schwarz Project Manager Rolf Thomas Schmidt was happy that his organisation had been granted an opportunity to provide a new transmitter system to ZNBC to enhance quality service delivery. Schmidt guaranteed a flexible and simple usage of the transmission.