THE Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has issued a new directive to all radio and television stations in the country to submit, effective today, broadcast recordings to the Authority every after two weeks.
IBA director general Josephine Mapoma said one of the functions of the Authority is to enforce the compliance of broadcasting with the conditions of the licences issued under the Act.
Mapoma said the Authority had inspectors that over the years had relied on post monitoring of stations, owing to the fact that the Authority was not present in all the districts where broadcasting stations exist.
“Therefore, to ease the monitoring, the Authority now requires stations to submit recordings every two weeks. This directive is with effect from 15th May 2019,” she said.
Mapoma said the recordings to be submitted shall consist of all discussion programmes, including paid for programmes, all talk shows, all news bulletins and news analysis and all musical programmes.
“Other types of content such as movies and dramas, among others, shall be requested for on the need basis,” she said.
Mapoma said the new directive was also pursuant to Section 38 of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) (principal) Act No. 17 of 2002 which provides that: a broadcasting Licensee shall keep and store sound and video recordings of all programmes broadcast or re-broadcast for a minimum period of three months after the date of transmission… or for such further period as may be directed by the Board…and on demand by the Board produce such material that has been broadcast for examination or reproduction.
Mapoma warned that editing of the recordings so as to alter the original content shall constitute a breach.
“Further, all radio and television stations are being asked to submit their editorial polices to the Authority if they have not yet done so,” he said.
Mapoma said this was in accordance to Section 22 (5) (d) of the IBA (Amendment) Act of 2010 which provides, ” … without prejudice to the generality of Subsection 9i), the conditions of the broadcasting licence may – require the licensee or any other person concerned in providing any service authorised by the licence to furnish to the Authority such documents, accounts, returns, estimates and other information as the board considers necessary for the purpose of exercising or performing the powers and functions of the Authority under this Act.