10 Feb 2009

New radio station launched in Samoa

1:57 pm on 10 February 2009

A newly launched radio station in Samoa says it will promote Samoan music including paying royalties for the first time.

FETU FM, which has started broadcasting today, offers a music-based programme format with an emphasis on original works by Samoan performers.

The owners, Apulu Lance Polu and Cook Islander George Pitt, aim to encourage local talent by paying them their dues.

Apulu says it's the right thing to do.

He says the Intellectual Property Act, which came into force in 1998, provides copyright protection for songwriters and musicians.

Up to now no collecting agency has been established but nevertheless FETU FM is making a commitment to pay royalties.

Apulu says the fact there is no official collecting agency will not be used as an excuse to deny local artists their fair share of the commercial cake.