‘Radio stations must uphold ethics’

RADIO stations should strive to gain and hold the confidence of the public by churning out good programmes and playing music which is in good taste, says Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) standards and consumer affairs manager Leah Kabamba.

She said it was important that radio stations churned out good programmes and played good music which could not corrupt morals of the society because they help to define society and set the agenda.

Ms Kabamba said in an interview in Kitwe on Tuesday during the just ended Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) stakeholders workshop at Shebourne Lodge that radio stations should establish authority within themselves to receive music and assess whether to play it on radio.

“It is important that radio stations help define society because they set the agenda. Therefore, even the content they churn out in programmes and music should be in good taste. It should not be content to corrupt morals.

“No, it should not be music or programmes to corrupt morals. By saying this, we are not saying artists should not be creative, but there should be music to be played on radio and music to be played in clubs. Radio stations should establish authority within themselves to receive all music and assess whether it on radio or not,” Ms Kabamba said.

The Copperbelt Province has 11 radio stations and one television station.

Ms Kabamba said although broadcasting stations compliance levels were fair at the moment, the IBA would move in every time there was a complaint to educate, sensitise and advise on what should be done.

“We have 11 radio stations and one television station on the Copperbelt. So far their compliance levels have been alright, but where issues arise, we educate, sensitise and advise them on what should be done,” she said.

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