THE Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services has submitted proposals to Cabinet on the recapitalisation of three public media institutions.
The three media organisations are Zambia Daily Mail, Times of Zambia and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
Speaking when he addressed staff from public media institutions in Solwezi yesterday, Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya said Government is working out ways and means to recapitalise ZNBC, Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail.
“Already, we have written to Cabinet as a ministry to suggest means and ways of recapitalising the three public media institutions. Be assured that any time after Cabinet has gone through our write-up, we will see the way forward,” Mr Kapeya said.
He said Government appreciates the challenges the three public media institutions are facing and will ensure that they are recapitalised for them to run efficiently.
“The Patriotic Front government is on the move with media reforms to ensure that we create an enabling environment for the media to operate professionally and effectively,” Mr Kapeya said.
He said Government is on course with its programme on digital migration. “So far, the preferred bidder has been found, although there are some companies which have appealed and we will move forward with digital migration after the appeals,” Mr Kapeya said.
He also advised journalists to be professional in their reporting and to avoid sensational reporting.
Earlier, Mr Kapeya paid a courtesy call on North-Western Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba.
Mr Seyuba informed Mr Kapeya that the Solwezi Municipal Council has allocated five hectares of land to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services for the construction of a provincial television station in Solwezi.
He also advised Zambia News and Information Services staff in North-Western Province to do more in terms of disseminating information on Government programmes in the region like the cattle breeding programme in Mwinilunga and the pineapple factory in Mwinilunga and Ikelenge.
Mr Seyuba also said Government has constituted a committee to sensitise people in North-Western Province on the available women and youth empowerment programmes.
He said the committee comprises the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission, Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Patents and Companies Registration Agency, Zambia Development Agency and banks.