The Post OnlineBy Masuzyo Chakwe, Saturday 10 Oct. 2013
The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has awarded a nationwide television construction permit to Catholic Television, as well as nationwide radio broadcasting licences to Christian Voice and Radio Phoenix.
IBA board chairman Emmanuel Mwamba yesterday said radio and television licencing committee has also awarded licences to Mungu FM Radio (Mongu) – Full broadcast licence, Lukulu Community Radio (Lukulu) – Full broadcast licence, Radio Phoenix – nationwide coverage, Radio Christian Voice – Nationwide , Hot Fm Radio – Repeater stations in Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi and the Copperbelt.
Mwamba stated that others that were awarded test transmission licences were Valley FM Radio – Nyimba and Serenje Community Radio – Serenje.
He said committee had also allowed Kokoliko Radio to begin constructing their commercial radio station in Chingola. Mwamba also announced that the licencing procedures for applying for radio and television broadcasting licences had changed, in accordance with the IBA Act (2002) and Amendment Act (2010).
He said IBA board will soon be announced that since the IBA was now in place. Mwamba said it was desirous that the procedures for applying for a radio or television licence be changed to follow provisions of the IBA Act.
He also said the digital migration policy had been submitted to Cabinet office for review and that the Independent Broadcasting Authority had received a number of applications for various kinds of licences including national, commercial, community and religious, as well as television. Mwamba further said that IBA would advise all prospective radio or television applicants on the next available frequencies and areas where broadcast services will be required. This is according to a statement by IBA director general Josephine Mapoma.
On October 6, 2013, SAP Blog published also similar news about Malawi.
See: Preparations to Roll out New Catholic Radio Station Underway in Malawi