|Talk Radio will offer balanced reporting, Parly told|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00|
Information and Communication Technology yesterday, Zimpapers group chief executive Mr Justin Mutasa said the radio was going to operate purely on a commercial basis.
Mbizo legislator Mr Settlement Chikwinya (MDC-T) chairs the committee.
The MPs asked if the radio was not going to be biased towards a particular political party, saying there was a general feeling that Zimpapers was biased.
Stock Exchange. We are going to be commercial because this is a business venture where we will have to sponsor ourselves,” Mr Mutasa said.
Zimpapers group chief operations officer and editor-in-chief, Mr Pikirayi Deketeke, added that the radio’s operations were going to be influenced by economic forces than any other assumed forces.
don’t do that then we will lose the market.”
He said Zimpapers wanted to be an integrated media empire that cuts across print and electronic media.
“We want to make this station, the station that people would want to listen to. We are going to be covering arts, social issues and other issues. We also have a strong sports news because at the moment we are being told how Manchester United played Arsenal but we are not told about Dynamos versus CAPS United,” Mr Taderera said.
He said the radio station’s equipment is expected this week.
Uzumba MP Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said there was need for independent players to offer transmission services to complement Transmedia.
Some legislators asked Mr Mandiwanzira if his shareholding of 70 percent in AB Communications was not going to influence the editorial content.
Kiss FM representative, Ms Sharon Mugabe and Mr Phibeon Gwatidzo, told the committee that they were not happy with the outcome of the adjudication process that saw them failing to get a licence.
They claimed that the reasons given for their failure were farfetched.