Radio Dialogue falls on hard times

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BULAWAYO based community radio initiative, Radio Dialogue, has fallen on hard times with strong indications that it may fold if it does not secure donor funding.
The station was established in 2001, with the aim of providing a platform for disenfranchised communities from the southern parts of the country to speak out on issues that affect them.
Over the years, the station has courted the ire of government which accused it of advancing a regime change agenda.
In 2013, police raided the station offices and confiscated about 200 radio sets with Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operatives claiming the radio sets had been smuggled into the country.
While the management was not readily available for comment, insiders confirmed the station was on the verge of shutting down.
“The station is likely to shut down since we have failed to secure any form of funding,” said one of the insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Radio Dialogue is one of many community radio initiatives in the country which have been clamouring for licences from the government.
However, the Zanu PF administration has only opened the airwaves to privately owned national and regional commercial radio stations.  
While the coming in of new radio stations has been welcomed, breaking the monopoly which Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) enjoyed for decades, concern has been that those issued with licences have links with the Zanu PF-led government. Advertisement