Face to Face with John Masuku

John Masuku

This Friday, July 3, 2020, 5pm GMT, Face to Face media initiative is starting a season of zoom conversations, interviews, messages and other video features with a premiere of the first part of my interview with John Masuku, a leading Zimbabwean radio producer, broadcaster, journalist and communicator. 

I met John Masuku for the first time in the autumn of 1989, 30 years ago in London, UK at the BBC radio training course for radio producers and managers in London, and since then we have been very good friends. John Masuku’s professional service in radio broadcasting and journalism extended from the closing days of a colonial Rhodesia, birth of Zimbabwe as a sovereign nation, and for many years since until today. When he retired from serving with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, he joined a private radio station Voice of the People. 

He knows from his own experience what it looks like when your radio facilities are bombed, and what it means to be in prison because you stand for freedom of truthful information. “Things are better today”, he says, “but there remains a lots of space for improvement”. 

I invited John to share his life story and experience as a journalist, broadcaster, producer, mentor, educator, friend, and a man of faith and follower of Jesus. This is the first part of our current Face to Face conversation. #Premiere Friday, July 4, 5pm GMT. The second part will follow shortly.

Watch and invite friends! Premiere, Friday, July 3, 5.00pm GMT. Face to Face Moment with John Masuku, part 1

Clarification: In my introduction and closing statement I referred to the Radio Voice of the People as if it were a pirate radio station. VOP was not a pirate radio station but a private radio station to which a cynical opposition occasionally referred as if it were a pirate radio station. For many years VOP was one of a very few soruces of trutful and balanced news in Zimbabwe.”  

Face to Face Moment with John Masuku – part two, Youtube and Facebook premiere, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 5.00pm GMT (7pm CET). John Masuku is a leading radio producer, broadcaster, journalist and communicator in Zimbabwe. In the final part of this conversation John Masuku talks with Tihomir Kukolja about the reasons he joined the Radio Voice of the People, one of the very few sources of truthful and balanced news in Zimbabwe for many years, having previously worked for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. He talks also about journalism with integrity, speaking truth to power, his experience with the Renewing Our Minds (ROM) ministry in Europe, and his faith in Jesus. Time: 38:05 min.

About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Pozega, Croatia. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Educated in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Houston TX, USA. Until recently served as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media.
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