Gamuchirai Bhachi and Millicent Chasinda
INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Jenfan Muswere, says he wants a robust and successful media industry in this country.
It was therefore important, the Minister said, that the welfare and salary concerns of journalists was addressed.
During a tour of 3Ktv yesterday, Minister Muswere said journalists were close to his heart.
He revealed that he would be sitting down with CEOs, and other stakeholders, to discuss the plight of journalists and their concerns.
The discussions will also touch on other topics, which include broadcasting, publicity, two-way communication and human capital development for training and welfare.
“Your salary issues are close to my heart and we will sit down with chief executive officers and part of the delegation officers to address welfare issues, including salary issues,” he said.
“Journalists are close to my heart and, in my capacity as Minister, I will take the initiative to discuss with different players, in terms of executives, so that both issues are addressed.
“Issues to be discussed also include broadcasting issues, publicity, two-way communication system and, of importance, is the human capital development in terms of training, salaries and welfare issues related to journalism.
“That I can assure you because we want to have a robust and successful media industry.”
He praised 3Ktv’s role in informing, educating and entertaining millions of viewers in Zimbabwe.
“It’s the second tour in terms of studios, televisions and radio stations and the main issue I have seen, in comparison, is the use of miniaturised digital equipment in reducing the expenditure in terms of operation.
“3Ktv has been in a position to reduce the size, cost of production and at the same time reduce the expenditure in terms of broadcasting,” he said.