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On Monday 8 February 2016, Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya) and Richard
Mwanza, Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC),
signed an agreement in Paris for the broadcasting of the France 24 English channel on
Zambian DTTV’s public multiplex.

This agreement was signed at the Elysée Palace in the presence of French President
François Hollande and the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, during the
latter’s official visit to France.

The broadcasting of France 24 in English on DTTV in Zambia, which is expected to start in
the next few weeks, will make the channel accessible to nearly one million Zambian
households. Public DTTV, which was launched by ZNBC in June 2015, currently serves 80%
of homes from North to South, and will cover the whole of Zambia by 2020. France 24 will be
the only international news channel available on DTTV free of charge in Zambia. France 24
is already offered in English as part of the Muvi TV, Starsat and Zuku satellite packages, and
in French as part of the South African DSTV package.

This agreement will strengthen the presence of the France Médias Monde group in Zambia,
where the RFI radio station is broadcast on FM in the capital Lusaka (in French and in
English), as well as in the country’s second city, Kitwe (in French, English and Swahili).
Zambia has a population of 15 million and has borders with eight other countries, thus
forming a crossroads between Southern, Central and Eastern Africa. COMESA (the
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) also has its headquarters in the country’s
capital.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. This is a joke. The whole president lungu went to France to pick up a France 24 decoder.?? Because this all it is. France 24 is a free to air channel, meaning anyone can get it with a right decoder costing less than $200. All ZNBC have to do is take the output of that decoder and add it to thier mux for retransmission.
    PF have run out of things for lungu to sign to make him look like he is working. What a shame.

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    • Ba patrick Ubukopo ebututu bwine. If you do illegal things doesn’t mean everyone should do them. As far as we know and what the article says, znbc DG signed for this pact. And ecl has opened up a lot of deals while on France besides France 24.

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    • HH Techilema,
      Read what is “free to air channel” and you might get a sense of what the whole president is getting credit for.

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  2. DOCKING-(MARITIME) INSTRUCTIONS
    VESSEL PF-EL 2016

    VESSEL PF: “requestdockingcoordinates”

    DOCKING STATION:”look for nearest station and guide the ship.”

    VESSEL PF:” condition preventing docking is in effect”

    DOCKING STATION: “hold-position”

    VESSEL PF:”recalldockinginstructions”

    DOCKING STATION:”all clear approach”

    VESSEL PF:”after fulfilled initial real docking condition,vessel stopped near the docking seat,depth control was used to approach while stern vertical thrusts went all out”

    VESSEL PF: “all clear DOCKING NOW COMPLETE”

    DOCKING STATION:” good job Captain EL and welcome to State house”

    2016 vote PF(Edgar)

    I thank you,,,,,,,

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    • PF VESSEL: dockingstation, dockingstation this is an emergency, the PF VESSEL has only 1 gear in reverse while we needed 5 in reverse and only one forward. The policy statements issued that we need to reverse are comming fast.

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  3. Yaba @Patrick imagine, and someone will say this is good. At least if the brains behind France 24 gave ideas to ZNBC on how to make ZNBC more appealing to the audience now our tax has to cater for a foreign channel too.

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  4. 2016 IVOTI NI PALI EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU- PF. @1 PATRICK YOU ARE VERY SHORT-SIGHTED. PROBABLY, YOU ARE NOT EVEN SIGHTED. THE MAIN ISSUE HERE IS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND STANDARDS IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY FOR WHICH ZAMBIA IS VERY FAR. THE IDEA THAT THEY WILL EVEN BE BROADCASTING IN SWAHILI TRANSLATES INTO TANZANIA, BURUNDI, RWANDA AND CONGO TUNING LISTEN/WATCHING TO ZAMBIA. AND SINCE ZAMBIA IS HEADED FOR SERIOUS FARMING, MANUFACTURING, FOOD PROCESSING AND TOURISM- WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCED IN ZNBC MARKETING OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WILL BE VERY EFFECTIVE TO ALL THESE SURROUNDING COUNTRIES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE FRENCH ESTABLISHING THEIR PRESENCE IN THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION. THE FRENCH ARE PRO-ACTIVE AND CLEVER.

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    • Peter
      You are missing the point. There is nothing wrong with France 24 being in Zambia, but instead of the whole presidency taking credit for picking up a decoder in France, ZAMTEL customers have had no Internet access for 6 days with reports of disgruntled staff and lungu could have looked better attempting to take credit for more important issues then picking up a decoder.

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  5. Obnoxious snobbish French trying to gain audience in a losing battle with dozens of English Language channels.

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  6. Truly laughable. ..24 hours for a TV licence to awarded because the dull President says so and you wonder why our institutions are weak…50 years after independence and you still allowing yourselves to be brainwashed.
    If an individual would have waited for 12 months to get this licence awarded.

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  7. Comment:why is it that some people will try and not see positivity in anything that the current government will do.criticise all he does but the truth will be known when your choice will weep again.some of you re far from the reality on the ground,those that re in constant touch with the people in public places on the copperbelt will tell you we with lungu,just wait and see.

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