Popular independently owned Muvi TV and Komboni have lost their application in the Lusaka High Court where they challenged the decision by the Independent Broadcasting Authority to suspend their broadcasting licences.
Lusaka Judge Mwiinde Siavwapa ruled that the application contesting the suspension of their broadcasting licences is premature.
The two stations therefore remain suspended.
In his judgement, Justice Siavwapa said the application against the IBA was misdirected and incompetent.
Justice Siavwapa said Muvi TV and Komboni used a wrong procedure to try to challenge the IBA’s decision.
On August 22 2016, the IBA announced the suspension of broadcasting licences for Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Itezhi Tezhi for professional misconduct.
This week, the licence for Itezhi Tezhi was reinstated after the management and the board appealed for lenience from the IBA and apologised.