The national broadcaster ZBC will host the 2017 World Radio Day celebrations at Takashinga Cricket Club in Highfield on the 13th of this month.
The World Radio Day is a United Nations commemoration but the African Union of broadcasters selected ZBC to host the event on behalf of the Southern Africa Region that consists of 15 countries.
The decision to have the ZBC host the commemorations was reached after the African Union Broadcasting Services chief executive officer toured the ZBC stand during the Harare Agricultural Show in August last year.
World Radio Day is held under the auspices of UNESCO and commemorated every year to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international cooperation between broadcasters and to encourage networks and community radio to promote access to information, freedom of expression and human development over the airwaves.
Addressing a news conference to prepare for this year's commemorations, UNESCO advisor Southern Africa on Communication and Information Mr Hezekiel Dhlamini said UNESCO is working to put together an initiative to promote regional media advocacy on sustainable development goals to help governments formulate policies that help in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
ZBC Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Patrick Mavhura said the broadcaster is excited at the opportunity to host and will use the event to showcase Zimbabwean talent and market its capabilities to the region.
He noted that as ZBC they will include other radio stations in the celebrations whose preparations have been going on in partnership with the parent ministry and other stakeholders to ensure the event is a success.
A member of the organising committee spearheading the preparations Mr Albert Chekayi said they have lined up a number of activities with several local musicians expected to perform on the day.
The 2017 World Radio Day commemorations will run under the theme: ‘Radio Is You’.
The national broadcaster also invited other radio stations, publications and representatives from the ministry for the briefing.
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