2 Apr 2004

Chinese company to enter Fiji TV market

1:55 pm on 2 April 2004

In Fiji, a Chinese TV company has signed an agreement with the Labasa Town Council to provide cable television services.

Radio Fiji reports Fushun TV has applied for a license from the government after the Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau approved its application to invest.

The company plans to provide 20 channels of cable TV, 15 of them in English, three in Hindi, and two in other languages including Chinese.

Labasa mayor, Charan Jeath Singh, who signed the agreement in Beijing, says northern viewers got tired of waiting for pay TV services from the monopoly Fiji TV Limited, forcing the council to look elsewhere.

Mr Singh says equipment for the service has already been shipped from China, and if a license is granted soon, the service will be up and running in June.

The information minister, Simione Kaitani, has congratulated the mayor on his initiative, but says the government has yet to finalise its policy on the entry of more companies in the TV market.