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ZiFM denies it pulled out of a scheduled interview with minister Moyo, says program postponed
10/02/2016 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
 
ZiFM put under pressure to pull out ... Minister Jonathan Moyo
 
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ZiFM Stereo says reports that it pulled out of an interview with Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo to discuss the recently launched STEM project, are false.

The radio station insisted that the interview with Moyo was “postponed due to a clash of schedules”.

“That such a clash of schedules happened is regrettable and the station did apologize to the Hon Prof. Moyo when it advised of the postponement 19 hours before the interview was to take place,” a statement from the station management said.

Management added that in radio it is “not a crime to postpone a programme and it is not unusual to double book guests to a show although it should be avoided”.

The statement also expressed “surprise” at what it said was “such vitriol” generated by the postponement of the interview.

“We believe in the freedom of the media and that this freedom includes freedom to postpone programmes and sometimes freedom not to publish,” ZiFM said.

“We believe in balance and fairness in all our current affairs programmes and this is why on Monday, February 8 2016 we agreed to grant Moyo the right of reply to an interview with Presidential Spokesman and Secretary for Information George Charamba.”

ZiFM said while Charamba did not mention Moyo by name in his earlier interview, the station granted Moyo an interview “on the basis that he feels he was the one being castigated by Charamba in the interview”.

Such a gesture, ZiFM said, “points to our professional approach”.

Moyo was left fuming on Monday after his radio interview was cancelled and the state media carried allegations that he was illegitimate.

The minister accused ZiFM - which is closely linked to the ruling party - of not telling the truth.

"Truth is you 'postponed' the... program tonight under pressure from a successionist who feared the program would stray into politics!" he tweeted.

That was a reference to Charamba.

But ZiFM said the station “does not and will not be a political player” adding that it “refuses to be dragged into the political mudslinging - wherever it is occurring”.



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