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 2009-09-06 06:53 am Back to NEWS
Government To Investigate Muvi TV Operations

MUVI 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.

The 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.

And MUVI 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.

MUVI 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 issue.

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