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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 7, 2002 - PINA Nius Online)---Hundreds of leading broadcasters from around the world are to meet in Fiji following a successful Pacific bid to host the next Commonwealth Broadcasting Association conference.

Pacific representatives at the 2002 conference, which has just ended in Manchester, England, won the right to host the next conference, in 2004.

Communications Fiji Limited managing director and immediate past president of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), William Parkinson, said it would be a huge boost:

Mr. Parkinson was one of the leaders of the joint Pacific initiative.

He said Ken Clark, chief executive of Fiji Television, has been appointed to represent the Pacific hosts on the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association board.

Mr. Parkinson's lobbying on behalf of Pacific Islands broadcasters facing difficulties, such as those in the Solomon Islands, was also successful.

He said the association is looking at how to enable them to still get benefits of membership despite troubles in their countries and their own difficult financial positions.

The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association holds a general conference every two years to share information and encourage debate about current issues.

It is attended by chief executives, as well as senior directors of engineering, technology and corporate affairs, from its membership around the Commonwealth.

Other major figures from the broadcasting industry also participate.

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