ZNBC blacks out private stations


Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation-ZNBC-last evening switched off local channels on GOtv banquets.

This is the second time ZNBC has unceremoniously switched off all local channels without any prior notice.

The deal between the national broadcaster and top star has brought a rift between ZNBC and Multichoice, which have been in a long-standing agreement, over free to air channels.

Chinese Firm Star Times which acquired majority shareholding in the operations ZNBC has ordered it to cancel its partnership with Multi-Choice and GOtv Zambia.

GOtv has sued ZNBC in the Lusaka High Court seeking a declaration that the operation of the public signal distribution network by Top Star, the second defendant, is illegal and unlawful.

The company also wants the High Court to restrain ZNBC from disconnecting their services and from continuing to encrypt the signal transmitted by free-to-air content providers.

The affected channels include Qtv on channel 92, CBC channel 93, Prime TV channel 94 and City TV 95.

Others are Revelation TV channel 96, Hope TV 97, TBN channel 806 and Diamond TV on channel 99.

During the same time ZNBC TV1, TV2 and TV3 were showing without any interference.

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