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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 1, 1999 – The Independent)---Radio Western’s manager, Robin Wainetti, has urged the provincial governments in the Papua region to financially support the operations of the National Broadcasting Commission's (NBC) radio stations in their respective provinces.

Mr. Wainetti said the stations have been going off air "like candles in the wind."

He said that in the other regions the provincial governments have provided financial assistance to keep their stations open and broadcasting news, information and entertainment to the people.

Radio Northern in Popondetta, Radio Central in Port Moresby, Radio Gulf in Kerema and Radio Western in Daru are all off the air. Only Radio Milne Bay in Alotau is operating, broadcasting a loud and clear signal that can be heard in Port Moresby.

In the North Fly area of the Western province many radio listeners tune into Radio Southern Highlands and Radio Manus to pick up news and entertainment broadcasts. Both stations transmit strong signals.

Mr. Wainetti said that it is important that people should have some form of entertainment to keep them occupied.

He said that this is particularly important for Daru and the Western province.

Mr. Wainetti said that there are an estimated 19,000 people on Daru island with nothing do in their spare time. He said that some of the town’s social problems could be alleviated with Radio Western providing some entertainment.

He also said that that EM-TV should set up a transmitter on Daru and the Daru town authority should provide more facilities for both indoor and outdoors sports and recreation so that there are more opportunities for leisure activities.

Kiunga residents receive free-to-air EM-TV telecasts while Tabubil has a multi-channel cable television system provided by Ok Tedi Mining Limited.

For additional reports from The Independent, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Independent (Papua New Guinea).

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