25 May 2005

New TV company in Fiji rejects Qarase's claims

7:21 am on 25 May 2005

A new company which has applied for a licence to operate television services in Fiji has rejected claims by the prime minister in parliament that applicants have not been forthcoming with information about their plans.

Mr Qarase has told parliament that both TV2 and the Ba Provincial Council-backed Pacific Broadcasting Services had not provided enough information to the Ministry of Information.

The prime minister said the government would not grant a licence to a totally foreign-owned company.

But Ken Stratton of TV2 has told the Fiji Times their company had responded to the government request with a 72-page document, and a separate 77-page document on programming information.

Mr Stratton says copies of all documents had been hand delivered to the information minister last year, but they had not received any acknowledgement.