26 Jan 2015

Change looms in Vanuatu broadcasting

9:17 am on 26 January 2015

The Vanuatu government says the review of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation should get it to have people with the right technological skills to move the company forward.

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Photo: RNZ

The government has set up a committee to review the company, with plans to retire or make redundant about a third of the staff, and it is looking for a new VBTC general manager.

A taskforce is also looking at separating the dual functions of VBTC, regulation and broadcasting, as well as how the corporation can move from analog to digital broadcast.

The taskforce chair, Kierry Manassah, says there is a need to look at who from VBTC needs to go in light of new technology.

"The panel strongly recommended that the structure of VBTC be dramatically reduced so that we can get people who have the skills, the knowledge, to be able to live with the level of technology that we're living with today."

Kierry Manassah, who works in the Prime Minister's Office, says the government is not blind to concerns and complaints about VBTC, and the taskforce is trying to address those issues.