ZBC’s Chinese programming

In a move that could bolster the influence of the People’s Republic of China in Zimbabwe, the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation will soon start airing programming from Chinese Central Television, which will run Zimbabwean programmes.

A Chinese delegation visiting Harare sealed a deal with the Ministry of Information on Tuesday for ZBC and CCTV to share news programming. They will also share digital technology.

Information Minister Webster Shamu called China a “genuine brother.” CCTV is already available to many Zimbabweans who have free-to-air satellite receivers, but Deputy Information Minister Murisi Zvizvai of the MDC-T was not enthusiastic.

"Zimbabweans want balanced reporting from ZBC, not Chinese programmes," Zvizvai said.

Media studies lecturer, Zenzele Ndebele of the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, said the Chinese programming was only likely to appeal to core supporters of President Robert Mugabe.

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