Minister of Information, Dora Siliya has said that there is need to resolve issues that have resulted in an atmosphere of mistrust between owners of media houses and Government.
Ms. Siliya has dispelled assertions that Government is not concerned about Zambian players in the Media Industry and that it is only inclined to Chinese Star Times.
She has stated that it is Government’s responsibility to carry everyone in the Media Industry, especially the business entities as these do not exist for themselves.
The Minister said this when she met owners of Media Houses at her office in Lusaka today to discuss a number of issues affecting the Industry.
Ms. Siliya has explained that there are a number of issues that have to be resolved such as whether there are enough frequencies to carry everyone, particularly on the Top Star platform.
She has also said there have been issues with revenue collection especially for pay television stations and also whether Government will continue with free-to-air stations.
Ms. Siliya has further said there have been concerns about the carriage fees by ZICTA and whether most private television stations will be able to manage the fees.
She has noted that the immediate issues have had to do with Top Star and whether it is here to support small businesses.
Ms. Siliya has told owners of Media Houses that the bigger picture is to begin to think about the future of the Media Industry and identify the real opportunities available for the Industry.