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slide4Radio stations in Zanzibar have been urged to desist to use unbecoming street language in their broadcasts and turning into platforms for palaver.

 

Speaking during the international day dedicated for radio – World Radio Day-in Zanzibar on Frebruary 13, 2013, the Vice President of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Chande Omar Omar, said the problem is mainly prevalent in FM Radio Stations.

Omar, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Zanzibar Broadcasting Commission, pointed out that radio should be used as effective tool for relaying constructive information and crucial platform for the public to express views.

He appealed to radio announcers and programmes officials to prepare relevant and constructive programmes that will help spur development.

Of late, he said, some announcers have developed a tendency to think that the radio is an exclusive tool of their owners and even worse, some of them misuse radio to express whatever they like.

He said the media including the radio should serve the public interest and as such all programmes and broadcasts should reflect that broader responsibility of serving the public instead of class and factions.

Omar noted that the number of radio stations have greatly increased in Zanzibar – from one radio station to 17 following the liberalization of the air waves which began in 2000.

It was imperative for radio stations, he said, to utilize the opportunity to improve efficiency in their operations in to order to promote sustainable development, democracy, human rights.

Speaking during the occasion veteran announcer, Mariam Hamdan, emphasised that radio is important outlet with significant contribution as it reaches more people compared to other media.

“Radio has a wide reach and is fast in delivery of message and information to both urban and rural areas, she said.

She recalled that radio was first introduced in Zanzibar in 1939 and its broadcasts were made through loudspeakers.

The Director of Zanzibar Radio a subsidiary of Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation,  Rafii Haji Makame said that a study on radio listening carried out in 2008 by the  Isles Broadcasting Commission shows that almost 100 per cent of zanzibaris  own  a radio set.

‘This means that in every family there is more than one radio set making radio as the main media outlet in the Isles, he emphasised.

The meeting on world radio day coordinated by the office of the MCT in Zanzibar attracted media stakeholders, radio announcers, journalists and civil organizations.

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