Digital migration policy to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.

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MINISTRY of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba says the digital migration policy will soon be submitted to Cabinet for approval.
Mr Mwamba said once the policy is approved, it will revolutionise the operations of the electronic media in Zambia.
The permanent secretary said this when he toured QFM radio station in Lusaka yesterday.
“The digital migration policy is underway. We are forwarding it to Cabinet for approval and it will revolutionise the manner you [media] are doing business,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said when the policy comes into force, it will reduce the cost of doing business.
He said the engineering aspect such as investing in transmitters is too complicated for people who have invested in radio stations.
And QFM managing director Asani Nyama said digital broadcasting would remove the burden of power outages.
Mr Nyama said the radio station has created more job opportunities for young people as a result of the nationwide broadcasting license granted by Government.
At Hot FM, Mr Mwamba said the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is examining an application by the station to extend its broadcasting radius to Central and Copperbelt provinces.
He encouraged Hot FM to consider applying for a licence for nationwide coverage, adding that the media is one of the key democratic institutions in Zambia.
“Currently, the IBA is considering your desire to go to Central and Copperbelt provinces. I am confident that the application, if it meets the requirements, will be looked at favourably,” he said.
Hot FM station manager Rodgers Twala said with support from Government, the radio station is capable of reaching many listeners across the country.