World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

VANUATU: State-owned media managers "redundant"

SENIOR MANAGERS AT VANUATU'S STATE-OWNED MEDIA MADE REDUNDANT

PORT VILA (Pacnews) - A number of senior managers at Vanuatu's state-owned Radio Vanuatu and Vanuatu Weekly newspaper have been made redundant by the newly-appointed board of directors, reports Pacnews.

Among them is Radio Vanuatu's longest serving staff, Ambong Thompson, the presenter of the popular country music programme, who has been with the station for 27 years. Thompson, from Malekula, was manager programmes.

The other senior staff members who are without jobs include Moses Stevens, news manager (from Emae); Shirley Joy, training and personal supervisor and editor of Vanuatu Weekly (Efate); Caroline Escale, sales supervisor (from Paama); and Myriam Kalterikia, senior producer (Efate).

All the redundant managers have each worked for Radio Vanuatu and Vanuatu Weekly for over 10 years. According to a Vanuatu Weekly report, Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television (VBTC) has come under a lot of pressure from the Government recently over its services.

Concerns have been raised about the company not being able to collect sufficient revenue to meet its running costs and salaries of over 60 staff. As part of measures to improve the financial situation, the new Board of Directors has formulated a new structure which is totally different to the previous structure approved by the former board under the Government of former Prime Minister Donald Kalpokas.

The latest restructure at VBTC has come under criticism from the Vanuatu Opposition, with Leader of Opposition, Edward Natapei, alleging the changes at the state-owned media service as being "politically motivated".

According to the board's vice chairman, Kalvao Moli, the new board is considering the possibility of privatising the company's commercial arms, Tudei FM and the Vanuatu Weekly...PNS

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and Pactok Communications, in Sydney and Port Moresby.

(c)1996-2000 Copyright - All rights reserved.

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original producers as indicated. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views of PMW or its members.

Recipients should rely on their own inquiries before making decisions based on material listed in PMW. Please copy appeals to PMW and acknowledge source.

For further information, inquiries about joining the Pacific Media Watch

listserve, articles for publication, and giving feedback contact Pacific

Media Watch at: E-mail: niusedita@pactok.net.au or: bfmedia@mpx.com.au Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9, Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, c/o Journalism, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji Website: http://www.pactok.net/docs/pmw/


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

New IPCC Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed To Limit Global Warming

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, says a special report that finds some of the actions needed are already under way, but the world must move faster… More>>

ALSO:

Jamal Khashoggi: UK, France, Germany Join Calls For Credible Investigation

Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others including HRVP Mogherini and UNSG Guterres, and are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. More>>

ALSO:

MSF Not Wanted: Nauru Government Shows Continued Callousness

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More>>

ALSO:

Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami: Aid Response Begins

Oxfam and its local partners are standing by to deploy emergency staff and resources to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as an estimated 1.5 million people are thought to be affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on Friday. More>>

ALSO:

Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC