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Catholic Entity in Zambia Cautions Radio Practitioners against Betraying Audience Trust

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Many people still trust the radio in the transmission of accurate information, the Director of Catholic Media Services (CMS) of the Zambia Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCCB) Communications Commission has observed, and cautioned radio practitioners against betraying the trust of their audiences.

In his message on the annual World Radio Day that was celebrated globally on February 13, Fr. Winfield Kunda said that many people rely on the radio for information.

“Radio continues to be one such medium that still commands trust by its listeners. Many people still rely on radio for information. This is a testament that people trust radio which should not be taken advantage of by radio journalists, presenters and producers. They should not betray people’s trust,” Fr. Kunda said.

He said that for the longest time, radio has remained “a very powerful” media platform that can be easily accessed by many people.

“As Catholic Media Services join the world in observing World Radio Day, we wish to reiterate that radio continues to be a very powerful and easily accessible source of information, education and entertainment,” the CMS Director said.

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He added, “As many people depend on radio for information in many aspects of life, there is a need for radio journalists to build trust in their audience.”  

The CMS official made reference to the theme of the 2022 edition of World Radio Day, “Radio and Trust”, and noted that the theme “comes as a good reminder to radio journalists to take time in researching and sourcing information from credible sources.”

He appealed to radio owners and managers to facilitate their journalists in providing information that can be trusted.   

He found it “regrettable” that some media organizations are not paying their journalists well, a situation he said compromises their credibility in the field.

“Catholic Media Services urges radio proprietors to provide necessities that will make journalists, Presenters and Producers continue offering trustworthy information. Also, radio proprietors must urgently consider remunerating these radio workers well,” Fr. Kunda said, and added, “It is regrettable that some radio stations still pay very little as salaries to their journalists.”

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The CMS Director called upon the Zambian government to collaborate with the media industry by providing financial support to radio stations that are struggling to survive.

“We recommend to the government that a support mechanism, maybe in the form of grants, be given to those radio stations that are struggling financially, especially community-based ones or those in rural areas,” he said.

He added, in reference to the government support of Catholic media in Zambia, “We commend the government, for offering the Catholic Church nine radio broadcast licenses and pray that soon it shall grant us another one so that we may start another radio station in Mpika Diocese.”

“We pray that God rests the souls of all radio Journalists, presenters, producers and other radio workers that died in the past year,” the Catholic Priest said.