PRIEST QUESTIONS FIJI’S NEW CHRISTIAN TV STATION

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PRIEST QUESTIONS FIJI’S NEW CHRISTIAN TV STATION

SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 31, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Fiji’s first 24-hour Christian television station has begun broadcasting, amid concerns over the type of values being promoted by the service.

Trinity Fiji, which went on-air in Suva at 11:00 a.m. this morning, is an affiliate of the Dallas-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, a multi-denominational Christian group, which broadcasts in Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The new station, which is expected to reach all of Fiji within two months, will broadcast religious programming featuring American TV evangelists, including Benny Hinn.

But Catholic priest Kevin Barr said the new station’s brand of religion will be too American and theologically unsound.

"We’ve really got to attend to the more radical message of Jesus, and I don’t think his message was a fundamentalist, feel good, prosperity-preaching type of message, you know?

"I think we all want to see Christianity preached that’s faithful with the scriptures, and faithful to Christian tradition," he said.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

 

BALANCED PROGRAMMING PROMISED BY FIJI'S NEW TV STATION

SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 31, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The head of a Christian television station launched in Suva today has dismissed claims it will raise funds in Fiji for American organizations.

Trinity Fiji manager Andrew Harries said the new station, which commenced broadcasting in Suva at 11 o'clock this morning, has been granted a license that does not allow advertising and has a limited fund-raising potential.

The station is an affiliate of the Dallas-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian organization that already broadcasts in Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Tonga.

Mr. Harries said the high quality of the programs planned will simply help to promote Christian values in Fiji society.

"It's going to bring some greatly balanced programming that will really assist, we believe, in bringing peace, stability and wholesomeness, I suppose, to what we consider is really lacking in Fiji at the moment."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia. 

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