Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has announced that the House has approved an application by the newly launched Rainbow Television station to cover live proceedings of the House.
The national legislature has been sitting for budget session since Friday after the State Opening address by President Peter Mutharika and will rise on June 30.
Msowoya told parliament that the Business Committee – the committee of members from all leaders of the represented parties in the House – considered and accepted a request by the Rainbow Television to be covering the parliamentary proceedings.
“ In this regard, the Business Committee noted an increasing demand by media houses wanting to cover business in the Chamber, which is commendable development since this Parliament is for Malawians and not only limited to those of us who are sitting here,” said Msowoya.
Rainbow TV manager Happy Jonathan Saka told Nyasa Times that the station was grateful to Parliament for allowing it to cover the House proceedings.
“Rainbow Television is broadcasting on channel 833 on GoTV and 019 on Malawi Digital Broadcasting Networks,” said Saka.
However, the Speaker said the development has posed “a serious challenge” on space to accommodate the journalists in the Chamber.
“As such, the Business Committee resolved that, with immediate effect, the journalists should cover parliamentary proceedings from outside the Chamber. I am sure that is why you can now see the space next to the dispatch boxes is empty,” he said.
Other independent news organisations such as Zodiak and TImes TV were approved to cover parliament alongside State broadcaster MBC.