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Commission registers 8 media houses

by Staff reporter
30 Sep 2021 at 07:10hrs | Views
THE Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has registered eight more media houses that will produce  publications at either national or community level thereby bringing to 170 the total number of registered mass media houses in the country.

The registration of the new players in the media industry is a confirmation of Government's commitment to promoting access to information and media services in marginalised communities in line with the devolution agenda enunciated in NDS1.

Local publications in local languages will bring their communities and audiences closer to the national development agenda as their voices and aspirations will find space in the media.

In a statement yesterday, the ZMC said the registration of the eight media houses which are The News Hawks, The Billion Group, Next Level Media Group, Ataraxia Communications, Gemlands Enterprises, Rawsoot Studios, Fig Multimedia Tech and Jewel Multimedia, is in sync with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) and Vision 2030 as well as the United Nations (UN) goal of "universal access to information".

"At its meeting of 14 September 2021, the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) Board of Commissioners considered and approved for registration eight media houses publishing various publications both at national and community levels. The registration of the eight media houses brings the total number of registered mass media houses to 170," read the statement.

"The Commission desires to register more media services, a scenario that will result in citizens accessing a diverse menu of news and information. This is in sync with the National Development Strategy and Vision 2030 as well as the United Nations (UN) goal of "universal access to information."

ZMC noted that some of the registered mass media services have failed to print due to a number of challenges, chief among them being the operating economic environment.

The Billion Group whose directors are Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at large to the Americas and Europe Prophet Uebert Angel and his wife, Beverly, intends to publish a daily newspaper titled The Daily Mail Zimbabwe whose editorial focus is general news and information.

The mass media house will also publish a monthly magazine titled Africa Influencers Magazine focusing on young influencers in fashion and business.

The News Hawks directors include veteran journalist and former Zimbabwe Independent editor Mr Dumisani Muleya, Ms Beatrice Mtetwa, Messrs Douglas Coltart and Raphael Khumalo.

The media house whose registration was approved early this year, mainly focuses on investigative journalism and publishes news that focuses on the Government, non-governmental organisations, academia, business and the diplomatic community.

The other one is Jewel Multimedia whose directors are Ms Chiratidzo Malinganisa, Messrs Africa Moyo and Okondedwa Malinganisa.

The media house intends to publish a monthly magazine titled EDevolution which focuses on the devolution thrust being espoused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Next Level Media Group, which is owned by Messrs Albert Tawanda Mavunga, Reuben Tawanda Mbasera and Mqondisi Ignations Nzipo, intends to publish a regional newspaper titled Mashonaland Post. The regional paper will cover community news, sports, religious and traditional matters within  Mashonaland region.
Ataraxia Communications whose directors are Messrs Tapuwanashe Dube and Matiropafadza Mashango intends to publish two monthly magazines titled Security Insight and Farming Guide. The media house will also run an online publication titled Student Times.

Gemlands Enterprises is owned by Mr Innocent Ncube and intends to publish an online platform focusing on daily news, monthly documentaries, short films and music entertainment while Rawsoot Studios whose directors are Mr John Sinchuke and his wife, Vimbai will venture into video production, photography and online media.

Fig Multimedia Tech whose application was initially approved early this year pending ratification by the ZMC board, intends to provide electronic news gatherings for China Global Television Network (CGTN) as well as producing documentaries, corporate videos and content that will feed into some television stations. The directors of the media house include Messrs Asa Gurupira, Leopold Njobo and Stanley Tsopotsa.

Source - chronicle