Erick Night's radio stations shortlisted

Renowned television and radio personality Erick Night says his two community radio stations are among the 18 stations shortlisted by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.


"I can confirm that our applications for two stations, Skyz FM and Breeze FM, under our holding company Fairtalk Communications have been shortlisted for the final stage of the licensing assessment," he said on his official Facebook page.

Skyz FM will be operating in Bulawayo while Breeze FM will be based in the resort town of Victoria Falls. The next and final stage of the licensing allows the public to judge the most suitable applicants to provide radio broadcasting services in the respective areas.

BAZ is yet to announce the dates and venue where members of the community will be invited to take part in the process.

Knight, popularly known as The General, boasts vast experience in broadcasting during his stay at ZBC before he relocated to the United Kingdom where he operated his own radio stations.

Observers wonder whether the fact that he stood for the MDC-T in the 2013 elections will have a negative effect on his applications. After losing in Mbare, where he ran as a parliamentary candidate, Knight announced that he would be leaving the party and there were reports that he had joined Zanu (PF).

The broadcasting authority has been under severe criticism for keeping a tight lid on the local airwaves and allegedly turning down applications from perceived anti-Zanu (PF) applicants.

It has been accused of licensing only radio stations owned by Zanu (PF) stalwarts such as ZiFM owned by the deputy minister of Information Supa Mandiwanzira and StarFM, controlled by the state-owned Zimpapers Group.

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