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TARAWA, Kiribati (January 5, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The Broadcasting and Publication Authority of Kiribati (BPA), which operates Radio Kiribati and publishes the national paper Te Uekera, is completing plans to start the country’s first TV service.

Manager Bill Reiher says a satellite relay station will be constructed to permit programs from Australian TV International to be made available to pay-TV customers, Radio Kiribati reports.

Reiher says funding is available to set up the relay station at an estimated cost of $Aus300,000 ($US195,000).

About 2,000 TV receiver sets now are available in Kiribati, he said.

Meanwhile, Nauru's Olympic Committee TV station, Sports and Pacific Network (SPN), also plans to construct satellite receive facilities in Tarawa to permit BPA to relay its programming as well.

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