Malawi regulator overwhelmed by broadcast licence applications

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) said it has received tens of applications for broadcasting licences.

Macra Director General Charles Nsaliwa said the applications which followed after the regulator called for them is a good sign that the broadcasting sector will easily migrate to digital transmission and reception.

“We have received 19 radio applications and 22 vying for TV. Of these there are Angaliba TV, Rainbow TV, Parliament Radio Station, among them.

“As a regulator we are happy that once approved the new entrants will roll on the market the required machinery which will put Malawi on the map as digital compliant,” said Nsaliwa.

Nsaliwa: Ti migrate to digital

Already some stations were given their licences last year and these were Matindi FM, Blantyre Synod, Times TV, and Livingstonia Synod.

The opening and operationalisation of the radio stations has spread hope of more job creation in the Malawi media sector although the country is yet to see a fully vibrant commercial television station, a dream to many still in the offing.

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