Thursday, January 03, 2013

Lesotho: New private radio station Tšenolo FM launched

MASERU — A new private radio station, Tšenolo FM, was officially launched in Khubetsoana on 18 December 2012.

The station becomes the 11th radio station in Lesotho.

Speaking at the official launch, Minister of Communications Science and Technology, Tšeliso Mokhosi, said “it is the responsibility of the media to set the agenda for the nation by disseminating messages of development”.

The minister said this will help improve people’s lives, alleviate poverty, create employment and change the lives of Basotho.

He said the media should work hard to empower people to become independent instead of looking to the government for food aid.

Tšenolo FM founder and owner, Mohau Kobile, said the radio station will focus more on investigating issues of concern to the public.

Kobile said lack of access to information and lack of a media policy remained a challenge to local journalists and urged the minister to address these concerns.

A local media analyst, Motlatsi Majara, appealed to government ministers to be available when needed to respond to issues raised in the media.

“Our media should work hard on presenting non-violent politics and educational messages instead of confrontational news which take the country nowhere,” he said.

The station manager, Tumelo Mokete, said Tšenolo FM will broadcast news every hour adding that 85 percent of their programmes will be talk shows.

(Source :  Lesotho Times)

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