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Fiji Television, 78 Brown Street, Suva, Fiji
Tel: 330-5100 / Fax: 330-4630
There are two radio stations. The government-run Fiji Broadcasting Commission (FBC or Radio Fiji) operates two AM and three FM bands in English, Fijian and Hindustani. FM96, which is a privately-owned radio station, broadcasts in English, while its sister station Navtarang and Bula FM also transmit on the FM stations but in Hindi and Fijian respectively. All private stations, which are owned by Communications (Fiji) Ltd, offer upbeat music and apart from five minute news bulletins on the hour, have very little to offer by the way of talk shows, documentaries or interviews. FM96 is, however, popular with its wide coverage of sports events. Both FM96 and Navtarang are heard in Suva, the western division and parts of the northern division. Both stations are directed at the teenage-to-40 year old segment of the listening audience.
Radio Fiji broadcasts countrywide on the AM bands, with FM bands restricted in coverage of greater Suva and the western division. It offers a greater variety of programs including documentaries, local and world news, community and educational programs and a wider selection of music. World news coverage generally originates from Australia, UK, New Zealand and the US. Regional news is supplied by the regional news network, PACNEWS. The Embassy subscribes to PACNEWS and receives three bulletins per day.
Television was introduced in Fiji in 1991 when the government awarded a temporary license to Television New Zealand to enable local rugby followers to witness the live coverage of the Rugby World Cup competition. The temporary license was extended and continued until 1994 when a permanent service was introduced.
Today, Fiji Television operates four channels, Fiji One (free) and three pay channels: Sky Plus, Sky Entertainment and ESPN.
Government is the largest shareholder of the station through the Fiji Development Bank, Yasana Holdings Ltd (59%) and a direct share of 14%.
Currently there are three English dailies published in Fiji. The Fiji Times (owned by Rupert Murdoch), the Daily Post (owned by the government) and the Fiji Sun (owned by C.J. Patel – the largest business enterprise in Fiji. Minority shares are held by other businesses including Fijian Holdings Ltd).
All there newspapers carry a range of local, national and international news, and the Times subscribes to a variety of news services. Other major national newspapers are Shanti Dut, a Hindustani weekly with a circulation of 13,000, and Nalalakai, a Fijian language weekly with a circulation of about 14,000. Both are published by the Times.
The Daily Post also publishes a weekly Fijian Newspapers: Volasiga.