Econet Media has won a court battle against the Broadcasting Association of Zimbabwe allowing the KweseTV to air its content in Zimbabwe. The victory comes at a time when BAZ had recently nullified KweseTV’s partnership with Dr Dish to have its content accessible to the Zimbabwean television viewers.
263Chat spoke to Econet Media & Communications Executive, Mr Fungai Mandiveyi, who confirmed the news saying, “l can confirm that the High Court has ruled in favour of KweseTV’s content distribution partner, Mr Dish, for it to legally distribute KweseTV content in Zimbabwe” said Mandiveyi, without giving any further details.
Dr Dish in partnership with Econet Media lawyers had made an urgent court application to challenge BAZ’s recent move to revoke KweseTV’s rights to air their content riding on the former’s 2012-13 issued licensed.
Kwese TV has been fighting a brave battle to penetrate into the Zimbabwean satellite television space for some time now and has encountered various setbacks which saw its first content sharing deal with ZBC faltering last year. The second attempt saw them trying to gain entry through partnering Dr Dish, a move which was nullified by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe before today’s victory.
Interestingly, the Econet Group has already started installing KweseTV sets for all its employees across Zimbabwe in recent weeks. This also include employees from Econet’s sister companies such as as Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, ZOL and Steward Bank.
Below is the official Judgment for the Urgent Court Application pitting Dr. Dish and BAZ: available for you to dowload exclusively from 263Chat.