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‘Don’t broadcast pirated material’

INFORMATION and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Forrie Tembo (right) being interviewed by 16-year-old Berth Chulu at Breeze FM during the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting in Chipata yesterday. PICTURE: DARLINGTON MWENDABAI

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
GOVERNMENT has warned television and radio stations against broadcasting pirated music and films as Zambia prepares to migrate from analogue to digital.
Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Forrie Tembo said Government does not expect the 70 radio stations and 20 television stations countrywide to broadcast pirated material.
Mr Tembo said this in Chipata on Monday when he wrapped-up his tour of radio and television stations in the Eastern Province.
He said Zambia is ready to migrate to digital broadcasting and Government does not want the airwaves to be flooded with pirated material.
“I am happy that Government will be ready for this year’s switchover from analogue to digital migration but we are concerned with some radio and television stations who like playing pirated music or showing pirated films,” Mr Tembo said.
He said it is against the law to be found with pirated material Broadcasters are expected to develop local content.
Mr Tembo said digital broadcasting will open up many television channels and broadcasters are challenged to develop local content.
He said once the country migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting, Zambia Nation Information Service (ZANIS) will have its own channel where Government development programmes will be highlighted while another channel for children will be introduced.
He is happy that Chipata Television, Radio Maria and Breeze FM are ready to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.
He also assured that Government will not be forced to regulate the media despite some unprofessional reporting by online publications.
Mr Tembo said is unfortunate that some online publications are in the habit of insulting senior Government officials and citizens.
“It is not Government’s intention to regulate the media but we are concerned with unprofessionalism being exhibited by some online publications who always like insulting others. This is not the Zambian culture,” he said.

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