BY VENERANDA LANGA
THE Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill, which will soon be brought before Parliament, will limit ownership of broadcasting stations to a maximum of 20% shareholding per individual in one broadcasting station.
Legal expert Tafadzwa Mugabe told MPs during a Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe-organised workshop on media laws in Gweru that section 23(a) of the proposed Bill will address issues of controlling several broadcasting licences and monopolies.
“The new section 23(a) and (b) of the Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill imposes limitations on cross media control of broadcasting services, and essentially, a person who controlsa newspaper may not have control of a commercial broadcasting licence in an area where a newspaper has circulation of 20% of the total newspaper readership if the licence area andthe circulation area overlap by 50% or more,” he said.
Mugabe said the law simply says one can be allowed into print and also broadcasting, but the threshold should only be 20%.
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