FBC increases its services under PSB contract

June 21, 2018 5:01 am

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is increasing its services under its Public Service Broadcasting contract, by airing more educational, religious, cultural and health programs.

While making submissions to the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs today, FBC chief executive, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they receive only a third of the fees from government in providing these services.

Sayed-Khaiyum also made some clarifications on how they work with the government in broadcasting its services and the type of fees it receives.

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“We prepare acquittals every quarter to show the level of service we have provided for government under the contract for return of the fees, that is then disbursed to us as it stands at the moment, the value of what we provide government this year inclusive of the two new channels that we’ve launched which is FBC2 is a noncommercial PSB and some other programs, We are now sitting at a value of around thirty million dollars for which we receive a fee of eleven million dollars so we receive a third of what we provide.”

Sayed-Khaiyum also reminded committee members that the FBC ensures government is aware of the programs produced under their PSB contract and the extra work being carried out.

He also clarified FBC’s relationship with Walesi, which runs digital television in the country.