20 Dec 2016

PINA asks ABC to reconsider shortwave decision

12:16 pm on 20 December 2016

The Pacific Islands News Association has joined the growing number of voices opposed to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's decision to end shortwave transmission.

Pacific Islands News Association president Moses Stevens

Pacific Islands News Association president Moses Stevens Photo: Godwin Ligo / Vanuatu Daily Post

Much of the Pacific remains dependent on shortwave but the ABC said it is old fashioned technology and it will stop using it from the end of January.

PINA is a regional media umbrella group in the Pacific whose president, Moses Stevens said in the Pacific radio remains the most effective and efficient means of communication and source of information.

He said the ABC shortwave has been a lifeline for many rural people in the Pacific for almost 80 years.

The organisation has made a formal request for the ABC to reconsider its decision.

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