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

 

Fiji TV Spends $6m To Extend Satellite Coverage

Fiji TV Spends $6m To Extend Satellite Coverage

* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
http://www.pmw.c2o.org/
* Post a comment at PMW's Right of Reply:
http://www.voy.com/166636/

FIJI TV SPENDS $6m TO EXTEND SATELLITE COVERAGE
http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/docs/news/wansolnews/2004/feb/wansol1902041.html

By Tara Chetty

NADI (Wansolwara Online/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji Television Ltd plans to invest F$6 million in extending satellite coverage to the outer islands of the archipelago and to nearby countries.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) conference in Nadi, Fiji TV chief executive officer Ken Clark said the new service was expected to begin from July 1.

The satellite transmission will beam the free-to-air channel Fiji One and six pay-TV channels.

For the first time, Fiji's outer islands and other countries within the region will receive Fiji Television broadcasts.

"The main objective is to make sure that people who have never had television in this country have it," Clark said.

"Secondly there are people, particularly in Vanua Levu, who have never had pay-TV and we are aware that they want it ­ so this will solve that problem."

The pay-TV service will be increased to six or more channels, said Clark.

The satellite broadcast will cover Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Niue and parts of New Zealand and Australia.

However, Fiji TV expects some transmission problems, particularly during poor weather.

"Using KU Band (satellite feed) there's always something called Œrain-fade' and while we expect to be 99.6 per cent efficient, during some periods of the year, the signal will disappear for a little while," Clark said.

Fiji TV expects to recover the set-up costs through revenue from the existing TV service, the expanded pay-TV service and an expected modest return on the rent and sale of the satellite receivers and set-ups to customers.

The satellite dishes customers will need for receiving the new signal are expected to cost around F$1000.

The new service will provide an avenue for locally produced programming to be beamed further afield.

Fiji TV also distributes and dubs overseas content and viewing rights to smaller countries within the region.

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE http://www.pmw.c2o.org

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 based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).

(c)1996-2004 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: delaro@clear.net.nz pcronau@hotmail.com Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9, Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, PO Box 78028, Auckland 1002, New Zealand. New website: www.pmw.c2o.org

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>

ALSO: