9th August 10 Capital Radio launched in Dar es Salaam Michael Haonga A new radio station christened "Capital Radio" has been launched in Dar es Salaam. Speaking at the launching event on Saturday night the chief guest, Precision Air director Michael Shirima hailed IPP Executive Chairman Reginald Mengi for creating jobs through investments in the media and for playing a pivotal role in the development of the country. He said the launch of the radio station had already proved useful in entertaining and enlightening people in the country and abroad. Earlier, ITV/Radio One managing director Joyce Mhavile said the new radio station started airing its programs in May this year and since then, it had helped in educating and entertaining the public. She said that the radio mainly targets youths of the age group between 18 and 45 years and features a number of programs, including news bulletin. According to her, Capital Radio airs its programs through 101.4 FM in Dar es Salaam, 101.2 FM in Mwanza, 103.3 FM in Moshi and 102.1FM in Arusha. She said plans were afoot to make the programs available in Mbeya through 96.4 FM, Mtwara 105 FM, Morogoro 88.9 FM, Iringa 100.0 FM, Dodoma 97.3 FM and Bukoba 95.3FM. THE GUARDIAN Capital Radio launched in Dar es Salaam 25th July 10 Mengi drums up anti-graft war agenda for the media Rodgers Luhwago It is vitally important that every entity, including the media fraternity, should address special attention to poverty and corruption, to enable Tanzania to build a peaceful society. Those sentiments were aired in Dar es Salaam yesterday, by the IPP Executive Chairman Reginald Mengi. He was speaking to student finalists of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) of the University of Dar es Salaam, at a luncheon he hosted for them. Mengi said the media is an important tool in any society charged with the responsibility of setting agenda beneficial to the public, adding that, in his opinion, poverty and corruption are two issues that are to be addressed with all the strength. "As you are going out there to practice journalism you will be required to understand issues taking the centre stage in every day's life. Journalists need to drive certain national agenda and in my view, poverty and corruption are the issues that journalists must take as a national agenda," he said. Dwelling on poverty, the IPP Executive Chairman said besides reporting on the vice, journalists should go further by finding its root causes, including proposing possible and workable solutions to fight it. "You, as journalists, must not confine yourselves to just reporting about poverty; instead you must also research and propose the possible solutions on how to fight it," the executive chairman said as the students listened attentively. Mengi observed that despite economic statistics showing that the nation has recorded considerable economic growth, the main challenge was how to make the successes trickle down to the common wananchi. "While we claim that the nation is recording considerable level of national economic growth we must also work out how such a growth will have a considerable trickle down effect to the majority who are poor," he said. However, the executive chairman said it was sad to learn that while others are tightening their belts in an effort to fight poverty, some are loosening them after amassing wealth. On corruption, Mengi said the vice is now becoming part of Tanzanian culture, a problem that will later loosen the fabrics of national cohesion. "As you are beginning life career, corruption must also be your agenda. This problem is now deepening its roots in our society, a trend which is dangerous for national unity," he said. He added : " If majority of our people are left to languish in abject poverty without solution in sight while leaving others flourish through corrupt means, it will reach a point where some destitutes will be pushed to a corner of doing anything since they would have nothing to lose." Mengi also shared tips of success to life, saying the principle of success emanated from the courage of daring to do things. He said lack of confidence makes people fail even before they start implementing their development plans. "Fear is a major stumbling block to one's life," he remarked, adding: "If you want to succeed in life you first must have confidence in yourself. Always life is your own hands. Confidence can make you what you want to be. Never give up easily in life," the executive chairman told the students. Mengi also invited ten students to attend the official launching of the Capital TV station to be held next month. Moving a vote of thanks, a lecturer from the SJMC, Charles Irigo, expressed appreciation to Mengi for the opportunity. Speaking on behalf of the students, Robert Nyanda said media owners should emulate a good example set by Mengi. He said media owners should contribute to preparing journalism students instead of waiting to be the consumers upon graduating. Mengi hosted the lunch to fulfill his promise he made on June 28 when he was invited to give a public lecture to them. GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/functions/print_article.php?l=19138 14th August 10 Media called upon to be guardians of democracy Dominic Nkolimwa Capital Television, a member of the IPP Media family, was launched with a bang in Dar es Salaam yesterday, with appeals being made to the media to stand as guardians of democracy and good governance. Mak Group Holdings Chairman Yogesh Manek said that was achievable and would manifest itself prominently if members of the media fraternity helped make October's General Election free, fair, transparent and peaceful. Speaking at the colourful and well-attended ceremony, he said it was also of paramount importance for media practitioners jointly and severally to be at the frontline in observing professional and social ethics and safeguarding the interests of Tanzania and its people. "The media have a very important role to play in harnessing economic growth and consolidating the vision of our founding fathers of eradicating poverty, improving education and health and maintaining peace and stability," he said. Manek hailed the IPP Media houses for what he called the remarkable achievements they have made, particularly in motivating Tanzanian nationals into confidently and successfully holding key positions entailing the running of prominent companies and institutions. "The myth that quality and great service can only be achieved when companies are run by foreigners has been proved wrong at the IPP Media. We are truly impressed by your achievements and most so for having confidence in and empowering your fellow Tanzanians," he noted. IPP Executive Chairman Reginald Mengi meanwhile said he was confident that the just-launched TV station would suit the needs of foreigners working in Tanzania chiefly because it broadcast its programmes in English. He explained that many print and electronic media outlets in Tanzania use Kiswahili, which creates a communication vacuum that inconveniences many foreigners living in the country. He added that Capital Television would help fill the vacuum by making it possible for expatriates and other foreigners to catch up easily with national, regional, continental and international developments. Capital Television Managing Director Joyce Mhaville explained that the station was committed to enhancing cooperation with other broadcasters in efforts to promote African talents and lean on one another as necessary. She said the station's menu would include drama series and other programmes from neighbouring countries "which have been warmly received by our viewers during our trial runs". Mhaville, who is also MD of Radio One/Independent Television (ITV), commended the government for creating conditions that have been attracting and empowering Tanzanian investors to contribute substantially to the country's development. "As you are well aware, there are many countries where lots of restrictions are imposed on the media. We in Tanzania, are fortunate in that there is ample freedom for the media to conduct their activities," she said. She urged the media to put the opportunity to good use "not just by criticising but also by helping promote and enhance the unity, peace and security to enable the national economy to grow". Elaborating on Capital Television's menu, the MD said there would be a broad range of programmes focusing on crucial areas. "Foremost will be extensive coverage of local, regional, business and sports news. Other programmes will feature current affairs, social and entertainment issues," she noted, adding: "We have one of the most modern facilities in the (Eastern Africa) region and we are continually upgrading our infrastructure to ensure that our viewers and listeners continue enjoying our products." IPP Media has easily dominated Tanzania's media scene since it came up with ITV and Radio One and Kiswahili daily newspaper Nipashe in 1994. These were soon followed by The Guardian Limited and its line-up of newspapers, including The Guardian (daily). The Group's strength, particularly with respect to the electronic media, is exemplified by ITV and Radio One's extensive coverage of local content. East Africa Television and East Africa Radio have, meanwhile, accorded the youth in the region popular avenues to have an enjoyable time expressing themselves while growing up into responsible citizens. THE GUARDIAN http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/functions/print_article.php?l=19854 MY TAKE: Do the name looks similar to Capital FM? Oyeah sounds a strategic move to counter Kirubi's Capital FM! Common Market at its peak!