17 May 2013

New Samoa TV and radio shun alcohol and tobacco ads

3:25 pm on 17 May 2013

The newly opened television and radio stations of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa will not carry alcohol and cigarette advertising.

Its general manager, Tuiasau Uelese Petaia, says television must be an avenue used for the betterment of families, and he says promoting alcohol and tobacco is banned.

The stations will focus on youth and the problems they face.

The church has spent nearly two million dollars on setting up the two stations so far.

It has eight staff members but more will soon be hired as news reporters and programme producers.