10 Jan 2013

Vanuatu station continuing to broadcast despite order to cease operations

6:51 pm on 10 January 2013

A Vanuatu radio station is continuing to broadcast despite being ordered by the government to close immediately.

The Prime Minister Sato Kilman has written to Capital FM107, demanding it to cease operations for allegedly failing to renew its license since 2010 and breaching the Broadcasting and Television Act.

The 107 Group Chief Executive Officer, Arthur Knight, says the station has sought legal advice on the matter.

"FM107 has acknowledged receiving the letter and confirms that the matter is now in the hands of their lawyers, who have advised to keep operations running due to their commitment to clients and listeners, until the matter is resolved within the party's concerned."

Arthur Knight says FM107 believes the matter can be resolved internally and has requested a meeting with the government, which is yet to respond.