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Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe says the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting in Zimbabwe is now back on course after setbacks were encountered earlier.

Zimbabwe is implementing a digitization programme to move its broadcasting services from analogue to digital under a programme being carried out through the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) and Transmedia Corporation, which had earlier stalled owing to lack of funding.

Last month, the government resumed funding the programme and released 8.0 million US dollars to the BAZ, putting to rest months of uncertainty over the project.

Addressing an end-of-year reception for the media here Wednesday, Dr Mushohwe said the

coming year would hopefully see the programme being completed.

We have registered key milestones on the road to migration in the broadcast sector. While the programme is far from completion, the targets are now well in sight, he said.

With the coming on stream of digital terrestrial services, our expectation is that viewers will not just be spoiled for choice but will begin to access more affordable services.

Dr Mushohwe said with respect to radio services, he was dismayed by the slow pace at which most newly licensed stations were taking off.

However, he was optimistic that the New Year would see all the licensed radio stations coming on air so that BAZ could be in a position to licence new ones.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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