So, this is the first time we’ve actually seen an application by a local company for an internet TV license. The name of the company is Ke Nako Media. You will probably remember the company from their court battle for the magazine name “Parade” from yesteryear.
Here’s a newspaper cutout of the notice of their Application for a Broadcasting Service License that they made to the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. The notice was published in the Herald daily newspaper today:
What’s been the norm so far with many internet TV companies – or just general publications that also create and post video content to their websites – is that they just do it. Examples include Zimbo Jam TV, Nafuna TV, and more recently TVYangu, amoung many others.
You will notice they are applying for a ‘Webcasting’ license and that their license area is Zimbabwe (Internet).
We contacted Ke Nako Media chairman, Peter Gwaza, and he told us that to operate a broadcasting service, even one that broadcasts on the internet only, requires a license. “Its a requirement of the law. Even though many are broadcasting online, they are doing it illegally. As an operator in the country we abide by the rules of the country,” explained Gwaza.
He cited Statutory Instrument 69 of 2011 as the piece of legislation stipulating this. Unfortunately, we couldn’t locate it on the BAZ website so we have had to look for a copy offline which we will download here later. Please check back. We contacted BAZ but they hadn’t come back to us by the time we published this article.
As for why they are making this deliberate move and why they are doing it now, Gwaza had this to say:
As you know most of people are always logged in on the internet either via mobile devices or even the TV and we think technology is growing. Internet is the way to go. You can just take a survey of people who are on facebook and that alone justifies doing it at this moment.
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