30 Jun 2011

French Polynesian party says TV cuts not final

6:35 am on 30 June 2011

French Polynesia's pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party says the future of Tahiti Nui TV and the news agency Tahitipresse has not been decided yet.

Last week, the party's leader, Oscar Temaru, who is also the president, said among the austerity measures being planned was the end to the TV broadcast and the closure of the agency.

The suggestions caused an outcry, with calls to find a way to keep the broadcaster on air.

In a statement, the Tavini party now says a French report advising such cuts to balance the territory's budget doesn't have to be enacted.

It says the government will submit its proposals and it will be the assembly which decides.

Broad cuts are to be made to the territory's budget for France to disburse a further loan.