The Voice of Livingstonia Radio station, which is owned by Livingstonia CCAP Synod, rolls out in January next year with test transmissions expected by December this year.
Board Chairperson for the station Jacob Nkhambule said this in an interview on Tuesday on the sidelines of a consultative workshop for the radio in Mzuzu aimed at soliciting views from stakeholders on the formulation of the editorial policy in broadcasting, mission statement and vision and designing the radioâ€™s programmes.
â€œSo far, we have been doing assessments of the requirements to roll out a radio as stipulated by Macra [the Malawi Communication and Regulatory Authority]. For instance, we have assessed the transmitting equipment required and cost them.
â€œAs of now, we are involving stakeholders to come up with editorial policy and design programmes because our expectation is that the radio station will be people-driven. As such, they need to be involved in its formulation,â€ he said.
Nkhambule said Macra granted them a national licence to cover the whole nation, but he said the transmission will be done in phases, beginning with Mzuzu.
In his speech at the workshop, synod secretary general the Reverend Levi Nyondo said the radio will benefit the nation because its programmes will focus on news and issues to do with the communityâ€™s identity and culture.
â€œAs our licence falls under the community licence category, we strongly believe the Voice of Livingstonia Radio will cater for the interests of the wider community not only the church members,â€ he said.
The workshop brought together stakeholders from the synod secretariat, Mzuzu University, government parastatals, civil society, media and others. The Voice of Livingstonia is located at Chaweya Mzembe building in Mzuzu.