Zodiak to start television beaming Sept: Kazako denies logistical constraints

Zodiak Broadcasting Station, Malawi’s most listened to private radio station has brushed aside speculations that it is facing logistical problems to roll out its television programmes.

The media house’s managing director Gospel Kazako told Nyasa Times that they are working round the clock to make sure they deliver good Television coverage.

“We don’t have any logistical or bureaucratic problem. We don’t have any challenge whatsoever.

“The only challenge we have is to compete with ourselves in respect of maintaining standards and quality that have characterized our media work over the years,” said Kazako.

Kazako: Zodiak to roll out TV services
Kazako: Zodiak to roll out TV services

He added: “We’re given up to September 2013 to roll out and we’re steadily and solidly on course. Once we are through we will make a formal announcement of when we will start and it’ll be before the expiry period given.”

Nearly 75% of Zodiak programmes are broadcast in Chichewa, Malawi’s main language, which is also spoken in neighbouring Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Kazako is a poet of note in Chichewa.

For many years, Kazako worked for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation but his goal was to set up his own radio company.

Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) denied  Zodiak  and other 30 plus applicants of television operating licences and only gave the four  TV licences to late President Bingu wa Mutharika cronies.

But since the change of the administration to President Joyce Banda, MACRA issued the TV licence to Zodiak .

Malawi’s media giant BP&P  Times, the publishers of The Daily TimesWeekend TimesMalawi News and Sunday Times   who also did put a bid for TV station was also issued with a TV licence.

Currently, Malawi has among other  licenced television stations, including state-owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Catholic Church owned Luntha TV and AFJ TV owned by All For Jesus Pentecostal Church, Carvary TV and Channel of All Nations Church.

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