GOVERNMENT has allowed community radio stations countrywide to tap and relayZambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) network news bulletins.
This follows numerous requests by community radio stations to relay ZNBC network news, which is transmitted at 07:00, 13:15 and 20:00 hours.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Bert Mushala said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that all interested community radio stations should contact ZNBC management.
“Arising from these requests, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services in conjunction with ZNBC will from April 1, 2014 allow all interested community radio stations to tap or relay the ZNBC radio network news bulletins onto their radio stations.
“Radio stations interested in this initiative should contact the ZNBC management for contractual obligations that involve the signing of a memorandum of understanding. For further information or clarifications, contact the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services office of the permanent secretary,” Mr Mushala said.
He said this development will complement the news content covered by radio stations in different parts of the country as they will have access to national news stories that ZNBC covers.
Mr Mushala said this is an important development because it will enable people in far-flung areas to receive national news at the same time as people in urban areas.
The network news is ZNBC’s main radio bulletin that covers in-depth news of both local and foreign stories.