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« on: October 22 2010 »

MISA-Zimbabwe on 16 October 2010 set up the first rural community radio in Ntepe, 40kms South-West of Gwanda town.

Ntepe community radio station is the first rural community radio initiative in Zimbabwe. All the other community radio initiatives in the country are located in the urban areas of Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Mutare, Hwange, Kadoma and Mutare. MISA-Zimbabwe was instrumental in the formation of seven of the initiatives and continues to support activities of the all the initiatives under its campaign for broadcasting diversity in the country.

The inaugural stakeholders meeting for the community radio initiative was held at the Ntepe business centre and attended by over 100 over locals, business community and civic society members. Chief Nhlamba Ndlovu officially opened the meeting. The meeting conscientised the community on the way a community radio initiative would operate and its benefits in the long –run, should the government open up for community broadcasters in the country.

At the end of the meeting a 7 member steering committee was nominated, which will organise alternative broadcast activities that will conscientise the community on the concept and benefit of community radio in Ntepe; as well as increase the support for community radio in their community. The committee comprises of journalists and some representatives from the community.

Community radio is localised broadcasting run and owned by either a geographical community or a community of interest.

MISA-Zimbabwe is currently running a broadcasting campaign, calling upon the authorities to open up the airwaves for Zimbabwe to have a three-tier broadcasting system that includes public, commercial and community broadcasting. The state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has maintained a monopoly in the broadcasting industry.

source: http://www.misazim.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=733&Itemid=1
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