The IBA, in a statement issued by its director general Josephine Mapoma, stated that the Authority had inspectors that over the years relied on post monitoring of stations since IBA was not present in all districts where broadcasting stations exist.
“The public may wish to know that one of the functions of the Authority is to enforce the compliance of broadcasting with the conditions of the licences issued under the Act…Therefore, to ease the monitoring, the Authority now requires stations to submit recordings every two weeks. This directive is with effect from 15th May, 2019. The recordings to be submitted shall consist of: I. All discussion programmes, including paid for programmes (where applicable) II. All talk shows (where applicable) III. All news bulletins and news analysis (where applicable); and IV. All musical programs,” Ms Mapoma stated. “Other types of content such as movies and dramas among others shall be requested for on the need basis.”
She stated that this new directive was also pursuant to Section 38 of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) (Principal) Act No. 17 of 2002.
“The act provides ‘A broadcasting Licensee shall keep and store sound and video recordings of all programmes broadcast or re-broadcast for a minimum period of three months after the date of transmission … or for such further period as may be directed by the Board…, and on demand by the Board produce such material that has been broadcast for examination or reproduction’,” Ms Mapoma stated and warned that editing of the recordings to alter the original content would constitute a breach.
She has revealed that correspondence with all radio and television stations on this new directive had since commenced by mail.
Ms Mapoma further said all radio and television stations were being asked to submit their editorial polices to the Authority if they have not yet done so.
She stated that this is in accordance with Section 22 (5) (d) of the IBA (Amendment) Act of 2010.
“…without Prejudice to the generality of Subsection 9i), the conditions of the broadcasting licence may – require the licensee or any other person concerned in providing any service authorised by the licence to furnish to the Authority such documents, accounts, returns, estimates and other information as the Board considers necessary for the purpose of exercising or performing the powers and functions of the Authority under this Act,” stated Ms Mapoma.