MACRA Warns Broadcasters

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has asked broadcasters to comply with the obligation of submitting audited accounts annually to avoid having their licenses revoked. MACRA’s technical advisor on digital migration, Benson Tembo made the appeal Thursday in Mzuzu when the regulatory authority briefed broadcasters in the northern region on the introduction of the Universal Services Fund (USF). “It is a requirement by license that each and every broadcaster sends in audited accounts at the end of each year so…

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MACRA to Deal with Unprofessional Broadcasters

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) says it will deal with broadcasters who deliberately ignore their ethics to please their masters as the country drifts towards tripartite elections. MACRA’s Director of Broadcasting, Fegus Lipenga sounded the warning Tuesday during stakeholders workshop on draft rules on Universal Services Fund (USF) at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. The purpose of the rules is to provide a regulatory framework for the design and implementation of universal access and service provision for the administration…

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MACRA Takes Mandatory Simcard Registration Messages to Chikwawa

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has urged district councils to help disseminate positive messages on simcard registration to communities, saying MACRA alone cannot manage to do so. Speaking in Chikwawa recently, MACRA’s Consumer Affairs Manager, Ivy Chipezaani said their engagement with the district council officers would help reach out to more people as the councils have the capacity to reach the grass roots with various development messages. “You know as MACRA we can’t reach out to everyone; we rely…

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Sim Registration Catches On

Registration of simcards is catching on in Mangochi after the Malawi Regulatory Authority (Macra) clarified on the misconceptions the public had on the exercise when it was first announced in January. A spot-check Malawi News Agency conducted at Mangochi Boma and M’Baluku Market found subscribers queuing up at the country’s two main mobile service providers’ agents and shops to get their simcards registered. Subscribers Mana interviewed indicated they had now understood the need to have their cards registered following…

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MACRA Rebuffs MCP Over MBC

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has thrown away complaint by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) against alleged biased reporting and programming by the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) telling the party to go the broadcaster and not the Authority. MCP wrote Macra on February 1, 2018 complaining against what it perceives as biased reporting and programming by MBC. “Reference is made to your letter dated 1st February 2018 in which you have complained to the Authority about Malawi Broadcasting Corporation’s…

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Radio Powerful Tool to Combat Stereotypes

UNESCO and Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) have described radio and sports as powerful tools that can be used in combating stereotypes and gender imbalances in the country. The two organizations made the observation on Tuesday at Monkey Bay Community Resource Centre Ground where Malawi joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Radio Day which falls on February 13 every year. Assistant Executive Secretary for Malawi National Commission for the UNESCO, Christopher Magomelo, challenged radios in the…

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Airtel Urges Customers to Register SIM Cards

Airtel Malawi has urged its customers to register their SIM cards as instructed by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). Thokozani Kamkondo of the Airtel marketing department made the call Wednesday after the ninth weekly draw of the Airtel Kuufira summer bonanza promotion in Lilongwe. “We have started the registration in all our shops and customers can easily walk into any of our shops and they will be registered without any problem. “For those who are in the villages,…

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MACRA Introduces Mandatory Sim Card Registration

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has introduced the mandatory SIM card registration and generic numbers amongst all mobile phone users in the country. According to the MACRA statement accessed by Malawi News Agency, the development is in accordance with the Communications Act of 2016. “In corroborating with all phone companies in Malawi, MACRA is therefore calling upon the general public to go to their respective phone service providers to have their numbers registered by 31st March, 2018. “Any number…

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