The recently elected Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board whose mandate is to regulate Zimbabwe’s broadcasting sector has been challenged to ensure that there is universal access to broadcasting services in the country.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the newly elected 12-member Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board is expected to play a key role towards the further opening up of the electronic media space.

There is a lot of expectation from the government, the public and other media stakeholders for BAZ to play bits role towards the further freeing up of the electronic media space in the country,” she said.

BAZ Chief Executive Officer, Engineer, Obert Muganyura said the absence of a substantive board has been hampering the development of the broadcasting sector, as applications for licensing could not be made without the board

 “Since 2015 we did not have a board and this really affected our work,” said Engineer Muganyura.

Board chairperson, Mr. Charles Sibanda said they are ready to deliver.

“We have noted the direction set for us by the ministry and we are ready to assist the ministry,” he said.

The BAZ board cuts across all age groups, professions and ethnic groups with the team vowing to channel their expertise to the development of the media industry.

The induction of the BAZ board was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr. Energy Mutodi, Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nick Mangwana and Directors from the ministry.