Zambia profile - Media

Newspaper readers in Zambia Image copyright AFP
Image caption Media workers in Zambia operate under difficult conditions

State-run radio and TV, operated by the ZNBC, are on the air alongside private broadcasters.

Radio is the main source of information. ZNBC is the only broadcaster with national reach.

US-based Freedom House rates Zambia as "Not Free" in its 2014 Freedom of the Press survey. It cites the harassment of privately-owned news outlets, the blocking of critical websites, and politicised decisions over granting national radio licences.

Relays of BBC World Service (98.1 FM in Lusaka and Kitwe) and Radio France Internationale are on the air. There are scores of local radio stations. Multichannel pay-TV is available.

There were more than 2.3 million internet users by 2014 ( News websites Zambian Watchdog and Zambia Reports were blocked by ISPs in 2013, says Freedom House.

The press/internet



  • Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) - state-run, operates multilingual Radio 1 and English-language Radio 2 and Radio 4
  • QFM - private, Lusaka
  • Radio Phoenix - private, Lusaka
  • Radio Icengelo - church-owned, Kitwe
  • Breeze FM - private, Chipata
  • Sun FM -private, Ndola
  • Yatsani Radio - Catholic, Lusaka
  • Choice FM - private, Lusaka

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