SOME Radio Stations in the country are appealing to the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to consider reducing the newly hiked annual radio broadcast licence fees.
The IBA recently increased the annual radio broadcast licence fees for Commercial and Community Radio stations.
IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma said a few community radio stations had requested her organisation to consider reducing the new revised fees.
Ms Mapoma said IBA was still waiting for Byta FM of Choma to submit its request in writing which would be taken to the board.
“A few community radio stations have requested IBA to reduce the licence fees but those submissions will be tabled during the board meeting,” she said.
Byta FM proprietor Joe Pandwe made the appeal to IBA to consider reducing the increased fees recently when Information Minister Kampamba Mulenga toured the Radio Station.
Mr Pandwe said the fees were too much for a commercial Radio Station considering the fact that they were in Choma which was a peri-urban area.
He said IBA should come up with different fees for Radio Stations that operate out of Lusaka because they had a smaller market compared to Lusaka.
He said Byta falls in a category of commercial radio stations and for this category the fees were increased from K2,000 to K20,000.
“We are in a rural set up and only able to broadcast in Choma but how can we be paying the same fees with other Radio Stations that have a wider radius compared to us who are in one area.
“We are disadvantaged at least let them come up with a flat fee for Radio Stations outside Lusaka,” he said.
Apart from Byta FM, other Radio Stations in Choma were YGF, Choma Maanu and Macha Radio.