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Malawi’s first broadcasting station was the Federal Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) which operated from 1958 to 1961 mainly to disseminate propaganda in favour of the British colonial administration. When Malawi gained its independence in 1964, government established the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) but the old British laws controlling the media were retained by Malawi’s first President Hastings Kamuzu Banda. The reason for this was that national unity and development required uniform agreement of the population and pluralistic politics and dissenting voices would impede progress and invite rancor and disunity. As a result during the early reign of Kamuzu, public policy making was centralized with the president dominating the policy making process. 


Apart from the control of media institutions of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Malawi News Agency, Malawi News and Daily times, the presidency also controlled the Malawi Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (MPTC) which was under the Ministry of Information. Read more.