Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Zimbabwe begins tests of its world radio

Zimbabwe begins tests of its world radio
By George Chellah in Harare, Zimbabwe
Wednesday June 06, 2007 [04:00]

ZIMBABWE has begun test transmissions for its new world radio broadcasting station – Voice of Zimbabwe. And Zimbabwe is expected to commence world television transmissions before the end of this year. The Voice of Zimbabwe will broadcast on shortwave band, which would enable it to reach all parts of the world. The station’s transmissions are intended to reach specific audiences as far as Europe,

Australia and the United States of America (USA). Voice of Zimbabwe/TV channel 104, general manager Happison Muchechetere said the test run would go on for a few weeks during which the station would be receiving feedback from the audience from several parts of the world.

Muchechetere also said the station would start with radio broadcasting and that television broadcasts were expected to commence before the end of the year. He encouraged Zimbabweans both home and abroad to listen to the station and get first-hand information about the true Zimbabwe.

Muchechetere further said the station had been receiving feedback both from locals and listeners from neighbouring countries such as South Africa and Botswana. He also said the country’s world broadcasting station’s mandate would not be to disseminate propaganda.

Muchechetere said the station would provide a balanced account of events in Zimbabwe through impartial discussions, analyses and news reports. The station is broadcasting on 5,975 kilohertz (kHz) or 49 metre band during day time and 60 metre band or 4, 828 kHz in the evening.

President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson and Ministry of Information and Publicity permanent secretary George Charamba, graced the switch-testing ceremony of the new channel, which is based in the city of Gweru.

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