23 Jun 2011

Shock at plans to TV cutbacks in French Polynesia

3:03 pm on 23 June 2011

Staff at Tahiti Nui TV are shocked about comments by the French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, that the station is about to stop broadcasting and become a web-based outfit only.

As Mr Temaru's administration is grappling with financial problems, he has told media that cuts will have to be made in line with recommendations by a French government report.

This means TNTV will see change and he has signalled that the news agency Tahitipresse will no longer be funded which could lead to its closure.

A roadmap for an economic recovery is to be tabled in the assembly in a week and there is an expectation that according to the recommendations public and semi-public agencies will be closed.

In recent weeks, Mr Temaru has warned of the severe constraints and suggested halving all salaries in both the public sector and private industry.