7 Jun 2011

Samoa Parliament proceedings to be televised live

8:17 am on 7 June 2011

Samoa's Parliament proceedings are to be televised live for the first time since the country became independent 49 years ago.

The public funded radio 2AP has been the sole provider of legislative broadcasting for many years in both Samoan and English translation.

The new change was announced in parliament last week by the speaker, Laauli Leuatea Polata'ivao, after the opening of the first session of the fifteenth parliament by the head of state Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Laauli told the house the live telecasts will be good for legislative records in both audio and visual.

He added it will also allow people to see if their MP is present or absent during parliamentary sessions.

A free to air commercial television station will be providing the televised broadcasts.