The former Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo was assailed when he pushed through the 75 percent local content requirement, although he is now credited with spurring the rise of the “Urban Grooves/Zim-Dancehall” sound.
Now, Zimbabweans can choose from ZBC’s Spot FM, Power FM, Radio Zimbabwe and National FM; two commercial radio stations Star FM and Zi FM as well as two local radio stations Diamond FM in Mutare and YA FM in Zvishavane.
Afro Jazz musician Jeys Marabini concurred with Khuxman, adding that radio stations should not play South African music as a way to cater for people from outside Harare.
“To compensate for those from this region, our radio stations play South African music.
“The law is the law and should be complied with and it’s a question of BAZ enforcing the law.“We’re acquiring monitoring equipment through the digitalisation project currently underway.
This will enable us to accurately measure the extent to which the radio stations are complying with the law.
As Muganyura spoke, across the Limpopo, the South African Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) announced on Wednesday that their 18 radio stations would broadcast 90 percent local content with immediate effect.
Back home, a majority of the country six national radio stations are playing mainly foreign content.
The countdown to the launch of a new Zimbabwean online radio Station now closing in.
On Saturday Bulawayo24had the opportunity to interview the founders of the radio station and was one of the few to test drive the new site, which is now in its final stages.
When asked why they did not opt for a Joomla, Wordpress or Dropla website he said, "we are bigger than that, our budget for the site was rather eye watering but we feel it was a price worth paying so we could give our listeners quality experience." Bulawayo24waits eagerly for the impressive Visions FM to launch and will keep you updated.