French Polynesia to expand FM broadcasts

12:04 pm on 9 February 2017

The public broadcaster in French Polynesia says it will add more FM transmitters to its radio network after complaints about closing its AM frequency.

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Radio Polynesie Premiere switched to an all FM service at the beginning of December, leaving pockets of inhabitants in valleys and on remote atolls without any local radio service.

The move caused concern and the French Polynesian government asked France Televisions to reconsider its decision.

However, the head of France Televisions Delphine Ernotte, who is in Tahiti, says the closure was a money-saving move by the government which is a shareholder.

The radio station said while its 48 transmitters can now reach 82 percent of the territory, the upgrade will extend coverage to 90 percent of possible listeners.

The station concedes that about 10 percent of the territory will remain without local radio service which is seen as vital in case of emergencies, like cyclones.

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