Content creators have commended the outreach programmes that have been conducted by the Zim-Digital team in Matabeleland North Province as they have clarified a number of issues that are of concern in the industry.
The three day outreach programme for content creators has ended in Matabeleland North Province with a visit to Binga district.
The programme saw the Zim-Digital team responding to various concerns from musicians, artists, poets and independent producers in Victoria Falls, Hwange and Binga.
Piracy, access fees charged by Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe as well as duties charged for the importation of production equipment were highlighted as some of the major barriers in the industry.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Mr George Charamba urged content creators wishing to produce television programmes in national parks and other protected areas to make a formal request through provincial officers of the ministry so that clearance is facilitated for them to proceed with their production.
“You will need to let us know through our provincial officers and when the request gets to me i will liase with my counterparts from environment or whatever ministry so that you are cleared to film. Surely you are Zimbabweans and why should you pay when these resources are yours,” says Mr Charamba.
The outreach programmes are part of the efforts by the Zim-Digital team to ensure that there is adequate content covering culture, religion, children`s programming, soap operas and other genres for the 6 television channels that will operated by the national broadcaster.