Fiji TV Chairman: Executives Release Proper, Followed Contract

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Terminations ‘without cause’ approved by board, payouts made

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 9, 2015) – Fijian Holding Limited (FHL) chairman Iowane Naiveli says former executives Tevita Gonelevu and Tanya Waqanika were not sacked but their contracts were terminated in accordance with the terms in it.

Responding to queries, Naiveli denied the termination of their contracts stemmed from their handling of the World Rugby 7s Series feed and a claim Fiji TV might obtain a longer term licence than the usual six-month licence if the two were not employed by the company.

"Their contracts were terminated in accordance with the terms ie. five months pay in lieu of notice and without cause" and as per a "board directors' decision" contrary to comments by Gonelevu in a media appearance this week that the termination of his contract was not done via a board resolution.

"Both Fiji TV and the two employees each had this right," Naiveli said.

"They were not sacked as such and their contract was terminated not for any one particular reason, but rather as the contract allowed which they voluntarily signed.

"The board met and resolved this prior to us conveying this decision to them." "The decision was made in the interest of the company and its shareholders," he said.

"As you know Fiji TV was only issued another six months licence which contradicts this suggestion. Be that as it may, Fiji TV made submissions to government for a longer term licence in the interest of its shareholders and the company."

He also clarified that as per the terms of the contract Gonelevu and Waqanika are not entitled to a settlement.

"No settlement is required, the terms of the contract are clear regarding termination," Naiveli said.

Gonelevu and Waqanika's contracts were terminated on Tuesday, December 16.

Meanwhile, questions sent to the Minister for Communication and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on claims made by Gonelevu and Waqanika are still to be responded to.

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