UTILITY PULLS PLUG ON NEW BRITAIN RADIO STATION

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 7) - Radio West New Britain is off-air indefinitely.

PNG Power disconnected electricity supply to the studio, office complex and the transmitter on Monday.

NBC West New Britain acting director Darius Gilime said electricity was cut because of non-payment of bills.

The province has a radio audience of about 184,000 people.

The station owes PNG Power K24,000 in electricity bills, calculated from April to Dec 1, 2003.

Mr Gilime said the radio station’s existence is dependent on the annual provincial budget allocations.

Of the K58.3 million budgeted for the province last year, the radio station’s operational budget allocation was K100,000. However, only K35,000 was released during the first and second quarters of 2003. The remaining K65,000 has not been released.

January 7, 2004

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