Mini games a maxi event for Australia's international network

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Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Radio Australia's coverage of Pacific sports will receive a tremendous boost next week when the network broadcasts live from the South Pacific Mini Games in Norfolk Island (3-14 December 2001).

A team of Radio Australia reporters and program makers from the network's popular Pacific Beat and Pacific Sports programs will deliver all the action from the games to audiences throughout the Pacific and across the world.

"Radio Australia's on-the-ground coverage of the South Pacific Mini Games has involved a significant investment in terms of staff, technical and financial resources," says Jean-Gabriel Manguy, Head of Radio Australia. 

"This is an investment that we believe will bring many benefits to our listeners, our partner stations and staff alike, and it reflects our strong commitment to regional sport and to covering the events making news across the region."

Radio Australia's Sports Editor, Brendan Telfer, will compile a series of South Pacific Mini Games highlights packages, containing daily result reports and interviews with athletes, officials and sports fans. These can be heard at Suva time: 1510, 1730, 1810 and 1930; Port Moresby time: 1310, 1530, 1610 and 1730.

Pacific Beat's news and feature reports on the events in Norfolk, prepared by reporter James Panichi, will include interviews with leaders from around the Pacific in town for the games. Pacific Beat can be heard Monday to Friday at Suva time: 0630, 0730 and 0830; Port Moresby time: 0430, 0530 and 0630.

Radio Australia is extending its commitment to regional sport beyond its games coverage. The network is assisting games organisers with technical facilities for translations for the simultaneous South Pacific Olympic Conference and providing technical support to local station Radio 2NI to broadcast from the games venue.

Media enquiries: Andria Hutchins, Promotion & Publicity Manager, ABC Radio Australia; email; tel. +61 3 9626 1723; 0438 947 523

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