TAHITI NUI TELEVISION DEFENDS ITS INDEPENDENCE

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (August 9, 2000 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---French Polynesia’s new private television, Tahiti Nui TV (TNTV), is ready to defend its claim of independence against allegations that it is too close to the local government, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles de Tahiti reports.

The new channel, which was officially launched last June 29 on Autonomy Day, is heavily funded by the local French Polynesian government.

Just over a month after its birth, TNTV General Manager Éric Moniot said "the general manager of a TV channel does not receive orders neither from the President of the government, nor from his Communications Director. We are not and will not be the communication tool of the Presidency."

Prior to its launching, TNTV was criticized because it was seen as territorial President Gaston Flosse's new communication tool.

Meanwhile, TNTV is preparing a program schedule for the new season starting September.

"The competition with (French State TV and radio station) RFO promises to be merciless," Les Nouvelles comments.

 

TAHITIAN WRITERS TO BE REPRESENTED AT FRENCH ISLANDS BOOK FESTIVAL

PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (August 9, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---French-speaking and Reo Maohi language Polynesian writers are to be accorded prominence during a French festival dedicated to "island books," the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles de Tahiti reports.

The festival, which will take place August 24 to 27 on Ouessant Island (Brittany region, West of France), was inaugurated last year and gathers French language writers from all over the planet, including the French overseas territories (TOM) and departments (DOM).

French Polynesia's culture minister Louise Peltzer will take part in the Festival, as part of the French territory's Year of Te Reo Maohi.

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