Govt. happy with preps for provisional TV stations

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Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya has lauded the committee tasked to design provincial broadcasting stations for the satisfactory work output.


Speaking when he officiated at the community television committee meeting in Lusaka today, Mr. Kapeya said government and the Zambian people expect to see the establishment of provincial television stations become a reality.


He said the Patriotic Front government wants to prove to the Zambian people that it does not believe in politics of talking only but of action.


Mr. Kapeya has since thanked the committee for coming up with historical designs of the stations in less than a year.


He reminded committee members of their great responsibility saying the country was depending on their effort to enhance broadcasting systems and information dissemination.


He however observed that despite the project involving huge costs, government would want to see that the plan of establishing provincial television stations comes to pass.


He said government was committed to ensuring that broadcasting services were taken to provincial parts of the country in order to reduce viewer dependence on ZNBC which is the only national broadcaster.


He said the provincial television stations will ensure that transmission was carried out in local languages that were predominant in their particular provinces.


Meanwhile Ministry of Works, Transport, Supply and Communications Buildings Department Senior Architect Isaiah Lungu said the provincial broadcasting stations were estimated to cost about K11 billion each.


Mr. Lungu said the committee will by Wednesday next week present a finished design of the broadcasting stations to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in readiness for tendering.


He said the provincial broadcasting station buildings will have an upstairs apartment which includes newsroom, productions rooms and recording studios for live and recorded programmes, library, control room, VIP waiting room, toilets and a courtyard among other things.


The noted that the committee which comprised of engineers in different fields, architects, quantity surveyors have worked tirelessly to ensure that they bring out the best design that will encourage stakeholders to venture into such investments.


Last year, President Michael Sata appointed a committee led by Mr. Duncan Mbazima to work on the design to establish provincial television stations in order to enhance access to information by all Zambians.