28 May 2007

PINA convention ends in Solomons

11:56 am on 28 May 2007

The Pacific Islands News Association, or PINA, has concluded its fourth biennial convention in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, by electing a new president.

PINA members have chosen Joseph Ealedona, the CEO of Papua New Guinea's National Broadcasting Corporation, as President for the next two years.

Mr Ealedona, who is the first PINA president from PNG, takes over from Ken Clark, the CEO of Sky TV Pacific.

PINA's new vice-president is Jonas Cullwick, the former manager of Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation and currently a freelance journalist.

Mr Cullwick is one of three ni-Vanuatu on the new PINA executive.

Moses Stevens, the publisher of the Ni-Vanuatu newspaper, is the new print representative, and Antoine Malsuinga, the head of TV Blong Vanuatu, is the television representative.

The secretary of the Journalist Association of Samoa, Cherelle Jackson, has been elected as the new national associations representative on the PINA executive.

The only remaining member of the previous PINA executive is Matai Akauola, the editor at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, who is the radio representative.

PINA's next biennial convention is scheduled for Vanuatu in July 2009.