KISS-FM withdraws legal suit against denial of licence

KISS-FM has withdrawn its legal suit challenging the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe’s (BAZ) decision to deny them a national commercial radio broadcasting licence.

Sharon Mugabe
Sharon Mugabe

KISS-FM director Sharon Mugabe said the withdrawal was based on the drastic changes in the media landscape, particularly the migration of airwaves from analogue to the digital platform.

The changes have created new opportunities to participants and for channels of media previously excluded It will re-launch in anticipation of these developments in Zimbabwe, she said.

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 24 November 2011 announced the state-controlled Zimpapers Talk Radio and AB Communications as Zimbabwe’s first ever licensed free-to-air independent national commercial radio stations since independence in 1980.

Radio VOP (Communications) was also among the applicants denied one of the two licenses that were on offer, but has since filed a legal suit challenging BAZ’s decision to deny them a commercial radio licence.

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