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THE Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) chief executive officer, Obert Maganyura, recently revealed that they had shortlisted 18 applicants for local commercial radio licences.

The BAZ has released the list of the applicants which shows that the pro-Zanu PF Zimpapers group which was awarded one of the national licences and now runs StarFM is also looking to set up another radio station in Mutare.

AB Communications, previously headed by Zanu PF legislator and Deputy Information Minister, has also submitted applications for the towns of Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare. The company also owns the national ZiFM radio station.

The struggling government-owned bookseller, Kingstons Private Ltd, is also seeking licences for Harare and Kariba.

“Those shortlisted will be subjected to public hearings to determine their suitability to be licensed in terms of provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act,” Maganyura said in a statement last week.

“Members of the public and short-listed applicants will be aised of the dates, time and venues of the public hearings through written and published notices. The authority intends to complete this licensing process by the end of July 2014.”

List of shortlisted applicants …

Harare:

Carryslot Pvt Ltd trading as Capital FM

Yes FM Pvt Ltd trading as Yes FM

VoxMedia Productions Pvt Ltd trading as VOP FM

Kingstons trading as KE100.4 FM.

Bulawayo:

FairTalk Communications Pvt Ltd trading as Skyz FM

Skies Radio Pvt Ltd trading as Skies Radio

Carryslot Pvt Ltd trading as Skyz FM

Masego Multimedia Pvt Ltd trading as Bulawayos’ Finest.

Gweru:

AB Communications Pvt Ltd trading as Faya FM.

Masvingo:

AB Communications Pvt Ltd trading as Gogogoi FM.

Mutare:

Zimpapers Pvt Ltd trading as Diamond FM

AB Communications Pvt Ltd trading as Highlands FM

Lupane:

Lupane FM Pvt Ltd trading as Lupane Radio

Bukisa Services trading as Isizwe FM

Victoria Falls:

Mosie Radio Pvt Ltd trading as Mossie FM

FairTalk Communications Pvt Ltd trading as Breeze FM.

Zvishavane:

Ray of Hope Pvt Ltd trading as Ya FM

Kariba:

Kingstons Pvt Ltd trading as Nyami Nyami FM.

ZBC

Source : New Zimbabwe

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