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


Radio Fiji Contract Tender Will Lay Workers Off

Redundancies: Radio Fiji Contract Tender Will Lay Workers Off

SUVA: Redundancies are imminent at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation should the Fiji Government give its public broadcasting contract to a new operator, the Fiji Sun reports.

Government has called for local and overseas broadcasters to tender for a three-year contract to take over public broadcasting services from 1 January 2001.

The current contract, which expires at the end of next month, has been held by FBC since 1997.

Information Ministry Secretary Vuetasau Buatoka said the tender move was aimed at giving opportunities to people who would provide "quality broadcast services".

"We want value for our money and we are confident we will give the contract to the best tender," Buatoka said.

The succesful tender is expected to provide nationwide broadcasting services, including Hindustani and Fijian programmes in education, news and entertainment.

Efforts to get comment from FBC's acting chief executive Francis Herman were unsuccessful.

A union source said an urgent meeting was held yesterday with management to discuss the expiry of the contract and how things would change should another tender win the deal.

The meeting lasted most of yesterday afternoon.

It is understood that the FBC management has indicated it would submit a tender that would try to prevent any other company from coming into the scene.

"We have been asked to treat matters discussed at the meeting as confidential," the union source said.

Buatoka said that while redundancies may be imminent, "the ball was in the FBC's court".

"It would be up to the company to prove that it could provide quality services to the public," he said.

Communications Fiji Ltd, which runs private station FM96, has indicated it would tender for the public broadcasting station.



© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news