29 Jun 2015

Fiji TV given licence by Government

2:02 pm on 29 June 2015

The private broadcaster Fiji TV has been granted a twelve-year licence.

FBC reports Fiji TV was handed the licence by the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who said he "expects more" from Fiji TV.

The station has only had six-month licences, since 2012, when the military-led regime reacted to the coverage of former Prime Ministers, who had been critical of the Frank Bainimarama led regime.

Late last year the station was in conflict with the government when it initially refused to share the exclusive feed of World Rugby's coverage of the rugby sevens tournament.

Mr Sayed Khaiyum was accused of interference after text messages emerged, showing he had threatened "heavy penalties" if the board did not agree to his demands.

Board members said at the time the move was not in the commercial interests of Fiji TV, although the CEO of the parent company, Fijian Holdings, Nouzab Fareed, has denied there was any Government interference.

The Fiji Times reports the licence will cost $9,500 US dollars.