TV STATION FUMES AS FIJI FUMBLES LICENSE

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SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Dec. 29) - A television station that applied for a broadcasting license in Fiji three years ago has demanded an explanation from the government for stalling its issuance.

Fu Shun Television Director Zhang Bei Yan said the Fiji government had given its approval in 2001 to set up a TV station in Labasa; however no license had eventuated.

In a Dec. 27 letter to the Minister of Information, Dr. Ahmed Ali, Yan asked why the government had not fulfilled its promises.

"Your ministry told us on 25/05/04 that the hindering factor affecting the granting of a license was the absence of the TV Policy Framework and our license would be granted by July this year. We could not consider why the Government approved FU Shun TV if it does not have a TV Policy. However it had approved the TV Policy Framework in September 2004.

"It is four months now but the Government has breached its promise again."

Fu Shun TV together with Ba Holdings and TV Two are the three TV stations that had their proposals approved.

Former Information Minister, Simione Kaitani, had said that the license was still being processed and awaiting the Cabinet’s decision next month.

Dr. Ali could not be reached for comment yesterday.

December 30, 2004

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