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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.    When is RB2 going to be privatized as a commercial radio station?


A:  At the moment government has not thought of privatizing the station.


Q. Why are journalists working for the state media biased towards government policies and projects?


A: Government journalists just like any other civil servant have a duty to inform the public and disseminate information about government projects and policies. However, that does not mean they cannot do investigative stories that are of great benefit to the livelihood of Batswana.


Q.    As a talent oriented Department, why are DBS employees’ salaries not competitive to similar institutions in other countries?

A: DBS is a talent based organization of course. There are ways that the department motivates its talented staff besides their salaries. The other issue is the fact that we are fully government sponsored department and part of the civil service.


Q. Why does Radio fail in some areas?


A:  That has been the case for quite some time, but the department is engaged in a transmitter network project which will increase accessibility to both Radio and television country wide.


Q.    Why do you have the same people calling all the time during call-in-programmes?


A: They are dedicated listeners. However, the stations in compliance with the terms and conditions of their licenses will soon have call screening facilities to allow equal opportunity to all our audiences.


Q. Why do we have the same presenters, presenting in more than one programme on TV and Radio?


A: The Department of Broadcasting allows its officers to multi-skill. Officers who do this are talented and that is one way of the department developing and managing talent.


Q. What causes Radio and Television signals to interfere with one another?


A: When electricity fails transmission decoders’ loose signals and setting become mix up when power comes hence need for re-programming.


Q. How does a news story end up on the news bulletin?


A: This is a process that involves more than two people, from Transport, Operations, Engineering and Journalists which calls for total commitment and team work. News reporters from either the district office or a roving reporter gather information by attending an event, conducting interviews or researching from documented reports to compile a story. Some international news reports are received through the news wires where international news agencies such as Reuters or AFP share their news reports.


Once the story has been received by the editor, it is distributed to news bulletin writers in the newsroom who re-write and upload on the relevant run down (ie a news portal that will be accessed by the news reader to read from) using their journalistic skills to fine tune the story for radio broadcast. The editor then looks at the story as one of the stories uploaded on the run down and edits content and approves it for broadcast on a specific or appropriate news bulletin. It could either end up in the full news bulletin or the news briefs. To get the news bulletin schedule click here.


Setswana writers translate the story into Setswana or into English depending on the language it is originally written in. Then the script editor edits and approves the story for broadcast.


Q. How do you come up with topics for live show discussions in Masa-a-Sele or Live Line?


A. Topics are generated from daily editorial meetings by the whole team. The editorial team includes everyone from interns, news reporters, editors as well as managers who have to be present at all editorial meetings for gate keeping purposes. Everyone is allowed to suggest a topic which is discussed and resource people identified for the show taking into account the currency and relevance of the story to the target audience. The editorial team approves the topic ensuring a good balance of all parties concerned. The producers of the programme sometimes solicit ideas from the public as one of the stakeholders.