ZNBC blames lack of equipment for failure to cover opposition

The PF controlled Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation -ZNBC- has claimed that it is failing to cover the opposition parties due to lack of equipment.
And ZNBC has blamed external political interference for the high levels of ‘self censorship’ at the institution.
Speaking on Wednesday when he appeared before the Parliamentary committee on Information, ZNBC Director General Richard Mwanza claimed that inadequate equipment was hindering efforts to give coverage to all political parties.
Mwanza said the corporation is operating under difficult conditions but is striving to cover all political parties.
Mr. Mwanza told Committee Chairperson Kabinga Pande that every election period brings about changes in staff structure and loss of jobs.
He further called for media reforms that would enable the media industry to operate in a professional manner.
But TV1 Assignments Editor Kennedy Bwalya said the ZNBC newsroom is giving ‘coverage’ to the political parties and reserves the right to tell stories in an objective manner.(biased manner).
And ZNBC controller Television Grevazio Zulu claimed that the guest list on the Sunday Interview programme is not biased towards the PF officials but is a platform that features a cross section of society.
Recently veteran politician and former Information Minister Vernon Mwaanga was invited for a Sunday interview recording but the programme was not aired on instructions from the PF government.
Earlier Namwala MP Moono Lubezhi, Lukulu East MP Christopher Kalila and Chama South MP Effron Lungu complained that ZNBC is not giving equal coverage to opposition political parties.
And Mr. Pande urged ZNBC to maintain professionalism in its operations saying there should be no fear among employees of losing jobs regardless of which political party is in power.

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