Usp Bails Out Radio
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By Johnety Jerette USP Journalism Programme
SUVA: University authorities will bail out student-owned Radio Pasifik which has been closed this semester because of the failure of the student union to pay its operation payment arrears, the USP journalism newspaper Wansolwara reports.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rajesh Chandra pledged that the University of the South Pacific would ensure payment to enable the Laucala campus FM radio to begin broadcasting again.
It began broadcasting today.
"I have assured the USP Media Centre that it will get its money, either from the USP Students Association or the vice-chancellor’s office," said Professor Chandra.
He said a legal agreement had been signed between the media centre and USPSA.
Under the agreement, USPSA pays the media centre F$12,000 a year for running Radio Pasifik.
Media center director Gerald Farkas said USPSA had unpaid arrears of $4200.
"The annual licence to operate the station cost $1200, plus an unpaid $3000 for operating the station from last November until the coup," said Mr Farkas.
Prof Chandra said he had talked to Farkas, the journalism programme and bursar’s office and a plan would be worked out for the future of the radio.