Radio DJs under fire for ‘toxic’ conduct

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has accused radio disc jockeys of abusing local airwaves by disseminating immoral values detrimental to family values.

DJ L-Roy
DJ L-Roy

BAZ commissioner Geoffrey Chada came out guns blazing over what he termed unprofessional conduct by some DJs employed by local radio stations. “Their conduct is very disturbing. The messages that they are disseminating to listeners is unfit for family consumption, its toxic,” charged Chada.

He said some weeks ago a DJ forced children to choose who their favourite parent was, their mother or father. Some months before that another radio presenter urged a teenage girl to dump her boyfriend if he did not have 3Cs, namely cash, car and (fancy) cellphone.

Though he could not be drawn into revealing the DJs or their stations, Chada said such radio presenters should be barred from the airwaves. In addition to ZBC state-owned stations such as Radio Zimbabwe, Power FM and National FM, Zimbabwe has two ‘independent’ radio stations – ZiFM, owned by deputy Minister of Information Supa Mandiwanzira, and Star FM owned by Zimpapers.

The government said recently it would license over 20 radio stations by next year, but Chada said BAZ was worried by the calibre of personnel hired by the stations.

“How will new radio players curb such reckless statements by DJs? We need responsible media personalities to protect family values and guard against alien cultures peddled by some hired DJs,” he charged.

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