6 Feb 2014

Fiji AM radio services to be restored soon

9:04 am on 6 February 2014

The CEO of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the broadcaster is working to restore Fiji's AM services with the help of the Japanese government.

Residents on Fiji's easternmost islands, the Lau group, say they have been struggling over the last year without clear radio reception, especially during the cyclone season.

The FBC says the archaic system died last year and more FM transmitters were erected to boost services to outer islands.

He says people have been told to make the switch to FM.

"Some people, we've discovered, are possibly not able to get the FM service because some have only got radios that can only get AM and some are finding it difficult to make the adjustment from AM to FM, but nevertheless the work is continuing and we hope to restore an AM service extremely soon."

The CEO of Fiji Broadcasting, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The acting Roko Tui Lau, Joeli Nagera, says FM services were boosted last week and people should switch to FM.