New Zimbabwe (London)

Zimbabwe: You Don't Deserve Pay Hike, Moyo Tells ZBC

INFORMATION Minister Jonathan Moyo last Thursday took a swipe at the loss-making Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) for demanding more State funding while producing atrocious programmes which are being shunned by viewers.

Addressing members of the Bulawayo Press Club, Moyo also defended the recent cut in staff salaries at the insolvent public broadcaster.

"ZBC is producing content nobody is watching but the workers want to be paid. Where do you expect the government to get the money to pay you when the company's monthly revenue collection does not tally with its astronomical salary bill," said Moyo.

The minister was responding to a question from a ZBC staffer who had expressed concern over the chopping of the workers' salaries.

ZBC's monthly revenues were early this year revealed to top US$275,000 per month against a budget of US$2,3 million of which US$1,6 million should go to salaries.

The corporation, shunned by viewers and advertisers for poor programme quality, was said to be saddled with debts of up to $44 million.

Ordinary workers were said to have gone for six months without salaries last year forcing the government to intervene by paying the backdated wages.

Moyo said the public broadcaster was failing to discharge its mandate as enshrined in the Broadcasting Services Act.

"The government cannot reward you for not discharging your mandate. Do you still have public interest? First discharge your mandate before demanding rewards," said Moyo.

The minister also blasted the public broadcaster for continuing airing political jingles.

"Time has changed. You cannot continue airing jingles such as Hondo Yeminda and Dai Kuri Kwedu Machembere adverts," said the Zanu PF politburo member.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 New Zimbabwe. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.