The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was established through an Act of Parliament No. 17 of 2002, which was amended through the IBA (Amendment) Act No. 26 of 2010 and IBA Act No. 18 of 2017. The IBA became operational in July 2013.

The IBA is responsible for regulating the broadcasting industry in Zambia, by ensuring the promotion of a pluralistic and diverse broadcasting industry. The functions of the IBA include among others, to grant, renew, suspend and cancel radio and television broadcast licences.

The IBA is also mandated to set standards to be followed by radio and television stations as well as monitor licensees to ensure that they are compliant. In order to achieve this, the IBA has set up an Inspectorate as well as a Consumer Affairs unit that will receive all complaints that the public may have, concerning radio and television stations or content that the stations churn out.

The Authority is overseen by a Board consisting of nine none executive members and all decisions of the Board are executed by the Director General. The Director General is supported by an executive team with expertise in law and enforcement, economics, technical and engineering, information technology journalism and finance.

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 To promote professionalism and enhanced standards of the broadcasting industry through effective regulation.

The Independent Broadcasting Authority shall promote a pluralistic broadcasting industry in Zambia through fair, transparent and effective regulation.

An effective and efficient regulator that ensures a quality and professional broadcasting industry in Zambia.

To enhance regulatory framework.

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