BY SYLVESTER KAUMBA
The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has suspended broadcasting licences for 12 radio stations and revoked the broadcasting licence for Copperbelt Television for failure to comply with the conditions of their broadcasting licences.
IBA Board Chairman Brigadier General Justin Mutale revealed at a media briefing in Lusaka today that the suspensions are for a period of 14 days failure to which the matter will be escalated.
General Mutale has since reminded broadcasting stations that non-compliance to any of the licensing conditions, including non-payment or late payment of fees is a serious offence.
He says the revocation and suspension of the licenses is in line with the IBA amendment Act number 26 of 2010.
The IBA Board Chairman said the affected stations include Jive FM, Ngoma Radio, Copperbelt Television on the Copperbelt, Mwinilunga Radio in North-Western Province, Valley FM in Eastern Province, Luanginga Radio in Western Province and Kwenje Radio in Muchinga.
Others include Vision Macha, Kariba FM, Young Generation in Southern Province, Live FM, Ama Radio, Pan African Radio and Comet all based in Lusaka among others.