10 Dec 2013

New Caledonia gets first local TV station

2:50 pm on 10 December 2013

New Caledonia's first indigenous television station has begun broadcasting.

NC.TV was launched in Kone in the northern province, whose Kanak administration is funding the enterprise with 4 point 5 million US dollars a year.

The head of the station, who is also the province's vice president, Jean-Pierre Djaiwe, says the idea is to be close to the viewers and help build on what he calls the territory's common destiny.

The programme line-up includes items about the environment, history and marine science.

So far the territory's only channel has been New Caledonia Premiere, which is part of France Television.