NEWSPAPER proprietor Trevor Ncube will launch his new Zimbabwean daily newspaper, NewsDay, on the Web six months before the print edition hits the streets, writes Dunacn McLeod for

Ncube, who is deputy chairman of Mail & Guardian publisher M&G Media, explains that this is because the Zimbabwean government has still not issued the licence NewsDay requires before the printing presses can begin rolling.

“We are going to launch, probably in the next week or so,” Ncube says. “We will use social media like Twitter to help publicise the website.”

The site will be hosted in Zimbabwe — news websites are not subjected to the same draconian licensing rules as newspapers.

Ncube has been waiting nearly a year for a licence to print NewsDay. But he remains optimistic that the political situation in Zimbabwe is slowly returning to normal and that a deal being brokered by SA president Jacob Zuma between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change will result in the lifting of restrictions on the country’s media.

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