Zimbabwe channel bow delayed

JOHANNESBURG — A lack of technicians has delayed the launch of Zimbabwe’s second private television channel, Munhumutapa African Broadcasting Corp. (MABC), from this month until Oct. 1.

Channel chief exec Oscar Kubara said the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp., from which MABC is leasing the TV channel, did not have technicians to man transmissions throughout the night during broadcasting.

A similar station, Joy TV, came on air in July, broadcasting from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

MABC, which is now trying to recruit technicians, intends to start broadcasting after Joy’s end of transmission at 10:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. the following day.

The ZBC, the country’s pubcaster, decided to lease its loss-making TV2 educational channel in order to generate revenue.

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