IBA shuts down Prime Television for 30 days


THE Independent Broadcasting Authority has with immediate effect suspended the broadcasting licence for Prime Television, a top privately owned Television station for 30 days.

This comes in the wake of Patriotic Front Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila protesting against Prime TV’s biased reporting against the ruling Party which led to him asking media personnel from the television station to be excused from his Press Briefing on Saturday, 26th January 2019.

Announcing the suspension IBA Board Secretary Josephine Mapoma says Prime Television has been suspended for exhibiting a professional elements in its broadcasting through unbalanced coverage, opinionated news, material likely to incite violence and use of derogatory language.

She adds that during the suspension the station is expected to conduct in house training on basic journalism ethics and news script writing.

And IBA Board Chairperson Chanda Kasolo says this decision comes after thorough consultations and engagement with other stakeholders with no political interference.

He says if there was any interference and he does not agree the noble thing he could have done was to resign and not allow to be used by anyone.

The Independent Broadcasting Authority has since issued 22 radio licences, suspended two which includes Prime TV and Valley FM and revoked two licences of Ngoma and Kafue radio stations.

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