Kiribati State-Owned TV Station Closes Down

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Financial issues, staff’s lack of technical experience cited

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (The Kiribati Independent, March 26, 2013) – TV Kiribati, the government’s owned television, has closed down.

President Anote Tong says that apart from the TV’s serious financial problems, the station lacked expertise and knowledge in television programming and production.

Tong says he’s aware of many queries from the public regarding the circumstances surrounding the sudden closure of TV Kiribati.

He says TV Kiribati has reached a point where it could no longer meet all its operating expenses. Tong says government is going through the station’s financial status and will consider whether there is danger (kabuanibwai) to the public as a result of its closure.

Local media report the outcome of these considerations will determine government’s final decision on the future of the state run television.

TV Kiribati is the only television in Kiribati broadcasting local and foreign programs to viewers in the capital. It was set up in 2004 under the Telecommunications Act 2004.

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