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20 May 2020

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The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board has appointed its Non-Executive Director Ms Helliate Rushwaya as the national broadcaster’s new acting Chief Executive Officer.

A communications and media training specialist with more than 20 years of industry experience, Rushwaya has worked with various media organisations in Namibia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

She joined the ZBC Board in July 2019 and has since chaired its programming, content and technical Committee.

ZBC issued a statement announcing that the Non-Executive Director, Helliate Rushwaya, would be taking over the role of acting CEO on a rotational basis up until a CEO is appointed in a substantive capacity.

Rushwaya takes over from Wisdom Hombarume who will now revert to his role as the Director of Digital Media and Broadcasting Technology at the ZBC head office in Harare.

Hombarume had been the acting CEO of the public broadcaster since September 2019 following the departure of the last CEO Patrick Mavhura.

Meanwhile, Helliate Rushwaya is a qualified broadcast journalist who holds an MSc International Events Management degree with a specific focus on Televising Major Events.

She has in the past delivered media consultancy for international agencies including the International Cricket Council (ICC) TV for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.

In 2014, Rushwaya was the project manager for the host broadcaster of the Commonwealth Games held in Scotland. There she managed and trained the TV crew which broadcast the live event to over 71 countries and territories.