Matteo Phiri

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Mateo Phiri
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Died December 16, 2015(2015-12-16) (aged 69–70)
Cause of deathProstate Cancer[1]
Other namesMatty P
Known for5FM Radio
Spouse(s)Grace Phiri

Mateo Phiri (born 1945, died 16 December 2015) popularly known as 'Matty P' was a veteran broadcaster and founder of 5FM Radio.


Phiri started his broadcasting career working at Zambia Broadcasting Services English Services (now Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation). He was then known as “Matinko”. He co-presented a radio show called “Schweppes Show” with Dr Manasseh Phiri. The other programmes were “Bata Spotlight" and "Pick-A-Lot”.[2]

He later left the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and joined forces with fellow veteran broadcaster Frank Mutubila in 2005 to set up 5 FM, a Lusaka-based adult contemporary radio station.[3]


Phiri died on Wednesday 16 December 2015 [4] on his way to the Lusaka Trust Hospital [5] after battling with cancer.[6] He survived by a wife and three children.[4] He was 70.


In 2014 he won an award for being the Best Broadcaster in Zambia and was announced winner during the Press Freedom Committee of the Post Newspapers Lucy Sichone and Bright Mwape dinner awards held in Lusaka.[7]

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