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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 13, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---The Television Board of the Solomon Islands is meeting this week with government officials to conclude terms and conditions for the establishment of a national television service.

Board Chairman and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Aviation, Walter Ramo, said cabinet's approval of the proposal will enable the board to call for new bids.

The TV board first awarded a license to Island Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) in 1996, Ramo said. The group was made up of an Australian company and local investors, who planned to operate the Solomon Islands' first permanent television service. Later, the group said it was not economically viable to set up the service and withdrew its plans.

Last year, the board went back to the government with a proposal to re-bid the project, but approval to proceed was delayed until now.

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