Government has issued 11 licenses and 17 construction permits for community radio and television stations since the Patriotic Front (PF) came into office in September 2011.
Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting Mwansa Kapeya said community broadcasting stations played a crucial role in meeting the informational needs of people.
Mr. Kapeya has since urged communities countrywide to mobilize themselves and set up radio stations.
He said this in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr. Kapeya explained that government had issued 10 radio licenses, one (1) television license, 13 construction permits for community radio stations and four (4) permits for private televisions stations the whole country.
He said this underscored government’s commitment to ensuring free flow and public access to information which was a pre-requisite for a thriving democracy.
Mr. Kapeya disclosed that measures were being undertaken to improve Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) reception countrywide.
He said ZNBC FM transmitters have been installed in 25 districts while installation of FM transmitters in 25 other districts would be done this year.