Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 April 2009

Swaziland / Five radio stations apply for licenses



Swaziland / Five radio stations apply for licenses


MBABANE, Swaziland, April 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Five radio stations have filed applications for licenses with the radio broadcast regulator, the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC), following a recent call by the regulator for applications for the licenses approved by government last year.


The deadline for the applications was 16 March 2009 and according to a statement issued by the regulator, only five applicants were able to meet the deadline. The applicants include two community and three commercial radio stations. They are Lubombo Community Radio and Seventh Day Adventist Church (for community-based radio stations), D fm, One fm and Radio Grace (for commercial radio licenses).


The regulator has promised to ensure transparency in processing the applications.


The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Swaziland Chapter recently wrote to the regulator welcoming the positive move to free the airwaves in Swaziland, but also raising a number of concerns regarding the licencing conditions which MISA believed were difficult to meet, particularly for community radio applicants.


However, the regulator’s response was bit sarcastic and arrogant, seeking to brush MISA off the issue. The chapter, which has played a key role in assisting most of the applicants in filing their applications, will remain engaged and monitoring the process till the end.


The regulator recently promised that the licences should be issued to deserving applicants by mid April 2009


SOURCE : Media Institute of South Africa (MISA)



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