31 Mar 2008

Samoa's government may hang on to AM frequency when it sells broadcasting corporation

11:51 am on 31 March 2008

The Samoa Government may not sell the Samoa Broadcasting Corporation's AM radio frequency, when it sells the corporation.

SBC operates an AM and FM radio, and television station.

The government has been involved in lengthy negotitions with a company called Samoa Quality Broadcasting, whose shareholders are employees of SBC for the sale of corporation.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Auseugaefa Poloma Komiti, told the Samoa Observer that government still has that option.

A decision has not been finalized but the CEO said the government's thinking at the moment is not to sell the am radio frequency.

Auseugaefa said government might hold on to the station for the sake of public service in emergencies such as cyclones.

If the AM radio station remains under government control it would be placed under the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The station formerly known as Radio 2AP has nationwide reach and can also be heard in American Samoa and Tokelau.

Negotiations for the sale of SBC have focused on lease terms for the land, buildings and equipment presently being used by the corporation, which belong to Government.