The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Board has announced that it will restore the broadcaster’s full programming for Radio Services by Wednesday, 16 October.
According Chief Commercial Officer Umbi Karuaihe-Upi, the NBC in consultation with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s (MICT) Minister, Stanley Simataa, has reached a favourable agreement to restore the broadcaster’s full programming of the Radio Services.
Karuaihe-Upi stated that the decision was taken after positive deliberation with the shareholder, took place following the recent announcement of austerity measures which included an ‘end of transmission’ in broadcasting at 21:00 for both NBC Television and Radio Services.
“The NBC is delighted to announce that it is now in a position to restore all its Radio Services to its regular broadcast schedule. Television broadcasting to follow once further progress is announced by the Shareholder.” Karuaihe-Upi said.
In a long winded statement last week, the NBC’s chairperson of the Board, Sven Thieme, said on that the notion of people losing their jobs at the state-owned broadcaster is still a reality under the current economic circumstances.
Thieme further noted that the austerity measures would not only target contract workers or freelancers alone but all job levels could be subjected to the same retrenchment process should the current situation continue.