webster shamu commissions zbc vehichles.pngThe Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu says the ZBC and Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) boards are here to stay as they are appointed legally by the government.

Cde Shamu was speaking at the commissioning of vehicles at ZBC Pockets Hill studios in Harare.

“Some have questioned why we put former freedom fighters within the hierarchy of the board. This is a legally selected board which was constitutionally selected and until its term of office expires, it will remain in place,” said Minister Shamu.

“These are men who have been tried and tested, whose dedication to duty is unquestionable even under the toughest of conditions and we are proud to have them working with us,” he added.

Cde Shamu expressed satisfaction over the work being done by the ZBC management, saying the unveiling of the new vehicles is a sign of the company’s commitment to serving the nation.

He said: “The ZBC management has always been transparent in their operations. They have worked well with my Ministry as well as the State Procurement Board as they regularly consulted us and sought advice before making important decisions, we salute them for that.”

General Manager Finance and Administration, Retired Brigadier Elliot Kasu pointed out that the management has come up with a plan to solve transport problems, hence purchasing new vehicles for all departments.

14 new vehicles were purchased by the national broadcaster to alleviate transport challenges and enhance its operations in all departments.

Meanwhile, Cde Shamu says failure by treasury to provide funding has stalled plans for the digitalisation of ZBC transmission.

Cde Shamu said though plans are underway for ZBC to meet the 2015 deadline for digitalisation, this might never be achieved if treasury does not provide the required funding.

Though acknowledging that funding is the biggest impediment, ZBC Group CEO, Mr. Happison Muchechetere said the corporation will soon migrate from analogue to digital transmission in line with the SADC resolution that the region must be digitalised by year 2013.

The rebranding and digitalisation process is in line with the 5-year development plan instituted at a meeting in Nyanga last year.

The most recent country to switch off all analogue services is France on November 30, 2011.

Under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union (ITC), all countries have to have completed their switchover by June17, 2015.

However, SADC has set 2013 as the deadline for the switch to digitalisation.