Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) CEO, Mr Patrick Mavhura has assured the nation and the international community that the national broadcaster is ready to beam live the Constitutional Court ruling on the presidential elections contest set for tomorrow (Wednesday).
Mr Mavhura said ZBC is also ready to provide feed to other local and international broadcasters who wish to subscribe with the state broadcaster.
The national broadcaster, which has been vested with an exclusive national mandate to cover the Constitutional Court hearing, has put in place adequate logistical requirements for the live broadcast.
“We are ready and I can categorically state that we have the technical capacity to broadcast live the Constitutional Court proceedings. We have been doing this, we have the state of the art high definition equipment which can provide feed to other broadcasters. I also want to assure other stations that we will provide telecasting that is direct feed without ZBC’s comments, already we have started broadcasting live our new and current affairs from the Constitutional Court so we are ready,” said Mr Mavhura.
The assurance by the ZBC CEO to provide feed to other broadcasters flies in the face of MISA’s urgent court application challenging the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) for giving exclusive broadcasting rights to the ZBC.
“Yes, the MISA appeal challenging the decision by the JSC to give exclusive broadcasting right to us was dismissed. The courts ruled in favour of the national broadcaster which it believes has the mandate to live broadcast Constitutional Court proceedings set for tomorrow,” noted Mr Mavhura.
In a demonstration of openness to democracy and transparency, ZBC has for the first time been given the green light to broadcast live the historical Constitutional Court hearing and also provide feed to other local and international broadcasters.