1 January 2013

Tanzania: Broadcasters in Tanga Urge TCRA to Reduce Fees

Tanga — LOCAL television owners have urged the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) to reduce entry and monthly fees for local television stations to enable them remain on air, and serve the community.

Speaking here during an interview with the 'Daily News', the editor of the Tanga-based community television known as Tanga Television (Ta TV), Mbonea Herman, said until Monday, they had not switched to digital, due to high costs imposed for immigration.

"We would like to thank TCRA for expanding the deadline for Tanga Region, otherwise we would not be on air from todayÉ but now we can re-arrange ourselves. But, what we advise here is for TCRA to reduce its costs". He pointed out that the connection fee of about 34m/- and a monthly fee of 6.4m/- were too much for local television stations like Tanga Television to afford.

"Since we introduced our TV station in 2004 ,we have never collected an income of 6m/- per month, how then can we afford to pay such and at the same time meet other running costs?" asked Herman.

He further said TCRA should consider such local televisions by reducing entry and monthly fees for them, taking into account that they were there to serve the community at their respective areas of coverage.

According to him, even the majority of Tanga residents had not immigrated to digital as of Monday. TCRA has expanded the deadline for Tanga Region until the end of this month (January) so as to give more room for the public to immigrate to digital system.

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