Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 367 on 18 June 2021

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Everybody knows that the dice is loaded – Zimbabwe’s fake TV liberalization unraveled

18 June 2021

Zimbabwe’s long-awaited TV liberalization is finally under way with the much-trumpeted granting of six licenses. The catch is that all but one of these licenses have been given to Government entities, military-controlled companies and Government cronies. Russell Southwood looks at how the process lays bare how - post-Mugabe - Zimbabwe’s political elite operates. After much delay, six of the fourteen companies that applied to operate were granted licenses by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Authority, following public hearings held last month. All six new free-to-air private television stations given broadcasting licenses have a statutory 18-month window to go on air. Minister of…