Government To Investigate Muvi TV Operations
Television Chief Executive Officer, Steve Nyirenda expressed sadness that
the Minister of Information
and Broadcasting Services and his permanent secretary decided to issue a
statement without seeking clarification from the Television station.
Zambian Government has warned that it will revoke broadcasting licenses for
Television and Radio stations broadcasting outside the provisions of their
licenses. In a statement issued in Lusaka today, Information and Broadcasting
Services Minister, Lt. General Ronnie
Shikapwasha says government will
investigate reports that Muvi Television and some radio stations are
transmitting outside their jurisdiction. He says MUVI Television and some radio
stations are circumventing their broadcasting licenses by illegally using
digital satellite technology to broadcast country wide. Lt. General Shikapwasha
who is also Chief Government spokesperson says there are two types of
broadcasting licenses being issued these being terrestrial and satellite based
transmission. He says so far only four terrestrial broadcasting licenses have
been granted and are confined to specific areas. Lt. General Shikapwasha named
the television stations as MUVI TV, Copper belt Broadcasting Service, Mobi
Television and CBC Television. He named the stations granted satellite based
television broadcasting licenses to broadcast country wide as Multi-Choice
Zambia, My Television, GTV and Mobi Television.
MY TV yesterday announced
it has acquired rights to MUVI TV content. Company Chief Executive Officer,
Lloyd Ngoma said test transmissions are still under way and the channel is
available on the free to air bouquet. He however says the channel will soon be
encrypted into the pay TV Channel and only those subscribed to MY TV will be
able to watch it. People from all over the country have been phoning the Lusaka
based private owned television station to express their gratitude for the move.
And when contacted for comment today, following Government threats to revoke
MUVI TV license My TV Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd Ngoma says Muvi TV is not
broadcasting countrywide as it does not have the capacity to do so. He clarified
that his firm has acquired rights to show Muvi TV content through its
international partners following demand by its subscribers for local content.
Mr. Ngoma says the test transmission of Muvi TV signal is worldwide and that MY
TV's international partners are providing the satellite signal.
Television Chief Executive Officer says he would have loved that a clarification
was sought before issuing a statement. Mr. Nyirenda also clarified that MUVI
Television is not broadcasting on satellite but has just sold its content. He
says there is nothing illegal that the Television station has done. Mr. Nyirenda
says the country is faced with a much bigger challenge of moving from analogue
to digital before 2015, which should be the focus of attention.
Television Technical Director, Angel Phiri says the selling of MUVI TV content
to MY TV is a demonstration of the move towards the 2015 digital migration. He
says this is not the first time the station is selling its content as it has
done so in the past.
And Station Administration and corporate Operations
Director, Alfred Tembo says the station understands the law and is operating
within the license limitations. Following the announcement of the Zambian
Government position on MUVI TV, the station has received numerous calls from
viewers seeking management's clarification on the matter. MUVI Television will
later this evening broadcast the full interview with management on this