Zimbabwe is set to digitalise its broadcasting platforms before the end of this year in what will afford citizens quality and varied productions.
The implementation of the ZimDigital project has been affected by shortages of foreign currency, hence delayed progress.
The digitalisation team has revealed that it is currently seized with the construction of new towers on top of the 18 that are ready for switch on.
Some of the completed ones include Binga, Kamativi, Ken Maur, Nyanga, Mutare, Bulawayo and Harare.
Some sites however need to be started afresh on different areas as they have been badly affected by operations of artisanal miners.
Trandmedia CEO, Mrs Florence Sigudu – Matambo, revealed that the long wait will be over before the end of year once the problem of unavailability of set top boxes is addressed.
“I am happy to report that at the moment, we have almost 18 sites that are ready so as soon as we have the set top boxes, we can let our people view the digital signal. So the only missing component at the moment is the set top box. The towers are ready and all the machines are ready, the studios have been revamped and we have enough content at the moment for ZBC. We can assure you that we are moving across to the digital platform before the end of this year and we are excited about that,” she said.
At completion of the project, the national broadcaster, ZBC, will have a total of six channels with six more to be availed for private broadcasters.
Training programmes for content producers are still ongoing while others have already started producing some high quality works.