MBC Celebrates 50 Years
President Mutharika addresses attendees during the event.
BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi’s public
broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corp., celebrated 50 years of broadcasting in December.
MBC Director General Benson Tembo
speaks to guests.
During a colorful
ceremony held on Dec. 6 at the State House in the capital Lilongwe, the executives
from the broadcaster promised to offer even more entertaining, informative and
educative programs for the next 50 years.
the theme “Celebrating the legends,”
the event featured several artists, footballers and radio personalities.
It also hosted an awards ceremony.
Peter Mutharika, guestof honor during the six-hour long gathering, emphasized to
attendees that celebrating 50 years of existence of MBC was an important achievement.
staff, both as individuals and collectively, and indeed all of us, should spare
some time to examine what these legends did well that you can learn from,” he
said. “Yes, others will say MBC did well then because it was the only platform
in the electronic media. I choose to differ.”
President Mutharika went on to say that MBC excelled because
“these legends strongly subscribed to the fundamental principles of hard work,
patriotism, passion, unity and ethics, among others, which are pivotal to the
success of any institution.”
Former MBC broadcaster Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma (holding microphone),
was also a member of the defunct MBC Band, entertains attendees.
the now stiff competition in today’s radio landscape due to the arrival of more
radios stations, Mutharika’s pledged to assist MBC to scale-up its
responsibilities toward Malawians.
Director General Benson Tembo reinforced the sentiment by stating during his
speech that the broadcaster was working toward giving fair coverage to all
political parties unlike before.
long been accused of bias towards the ruling party in its coverage. But Tembo pointed
out that this is now history.
“You would agree with me
that since the May 20  elections, MBC has been striving to report its
news fairly, without any political bias,” he said. “And we assure our audience
that we will continue taking that impartial approach in the next 50 years of
Vice President Saulos Chilima, right, presents
legendary MBC broadacaster
Verson Idi with the
MBC Newsreader Lifetime Achievement Award.
disclosed that MBC is working with other stakeholders such as the Malawi
Communications Regulatory Authorities in reviewing certain sections of the
Communications Act, which he said has in the past had sometimes compromised
1964, MBC airs two radio stations, Radio 1 and Radio 2, and transmits on FM, medium-wave
and shortwave. It is also available online at www.mbc.mwand runs the
national television station, MBC TV.
Lameck Masina reports on the industry for
Radio World from Blantyre, Malawi.
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