The IBA is mandated to develop a licencing framework which shall stipulate the procedure for obtaining a broadcasting licence. Below is the licencing procedure for broadcasting services in Zambia.
1. The IBA Board shall, in consultation with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) where it determines that there is need for the provision of additional broadcasting services, publish a notice in the Gazette and in a daily newspaper of general circulation in Zambia inviting applications to provide the broadcasting services specified in the notice.
2. The Board shall put the frequencies assigned to the various broadcasting services up for public tender as soon as they became available and specify the dateline for receiving the applications.
3. The Board may conduct a public inquiry to determine priorities within the broadcasting industry.
4. Successful applicants shall submit an application for a broadcasting licence to the Board in a prescribed manner and form upon payment of the approved fee.
5. Application fee for Community or Commercial Broadcasting Stations shall be advised
6. The applicant shall have no less than five (5) Board Members who should not be related. The names and contact details of the Board of trustees in the case of Religious, or Community Radio, or Television Stations, or the Board of Directors in the case of Commercial Radio, or Television Stations shall be subjected to security clearance and determination of credit Worthiness. The processing fee will be advised.
7. Applicants for Community Radio Stations should be registered with the Registrar of Societies /Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA). Applicants for Commercial Stations should be body Corporate.
8. All applications for the provision of radio broadcasting services must be solicited for by the Authority. All applicants are to respond to the Authority’s public invitation to provide Radio Broadcasting Services.:
13. The Test Transmission shall be for a period of three (3) months. However, should the applicant manage to complete the Tests before this period, the applicant could invite the IBA to conduct the final inspection. The conditions for the Test Transmitting are as follows:
a. The applicant is allowed to test transmit for only eight (8) hours per day, i.e. four (4) hours in the morning and four (4) hours in the evening or afternoon depending on one’s segment of suitability.
b. The applicant is allowed to play music, announce the station identification and programs such as phone – in and or greetings.
c. The applicant is restrained from serious programming and advertising.
d. The applicant must ensure that the station premises are secure from break-ins.
e. The applicant shall take note of the reach , in case the signal is going beyond the stipulated distances against the assigned wattage
14. After the final inspection is conducted; the Board shall issue a station a Full Broadcast Licence. The Conditions of the Licence are as follows:
i. A Broadcasting Licensee may, at least six months before the expiry of the Broadcasting Licence, apply to the Board for the renewal.
ii. The licence is valid for a period of seven (7) years.
iii. Subscription fees to be advised shall be paid annually.
iv. Each repeater station is paid for at the fee to be advised per year.
v. The Licensee shall pay both the annual subscription fee and the licence renewal fee in the year the licence expires.
You can complain against any radio or television station that has aired anything that, in your view, has breached the broadcasting ethical standards..
You can base your complaints on a breach of the code of professional standards
You can make a complaint within three months of the broadcast, failure to which the IBA cannot process your complaint. Radio and television stations are mandated by law to store information for up to three months.
You can address your complaint to:
The Director General
Independent Broadcasting Authority
Mass Media Complex
Alick Nkhata Road
P.O. Box 32475