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AIBD subscription is for all local media: Minister

June 19, 2019 4:45 pm

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is not the only media that benefits from the Asia Pacific Institute Broadcasting and Development Funding.

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has clarified the funding provided in the 2019/2020 National Budget is the contribution by the government to be a member as a subscription to AIBD.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the allocation helps local media to connect with other broadcasters in the Asia Pacific region.

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He says Fiji TV has also been attending meetings organized by the AIBD.

“The Honorable members rational for removing this is apparently this is only benefitted by FBC. This is actually a contribution by the Fijian Government to be a member as a subscription. Now Fiji TV also participates in this and other organizations can also participate in that. There is a choice.”

Opposition MP, Adi Litia Qionibaravi today moved a motion for the funding to be decreased by $70,000 stating only FBC benefits from the funding.

The motion was defeated whereby 26 voted for and 23 voted against the motion.

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