21 Aug 2012

Apology call over Vanuatu broadcast issues

6:12 pm on 21 August 2012

A former general manager of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation, Bob Makin, says it should apologise for the inadequate coverage of today's Face to Face sessions with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The question and answer sessions were organised by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy to help inform the public ahead of October's election.

But Mr Makin says there was a lack of professionalism in the VBTC's performance.

He says the Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, was inaudible for much of his presentation, while Opposition leader, Serge Vohor, could only be heard on FM.

"I just feel that this is appallingly bad for the national broadcaster and that apologies are needed to the prime minister, to the leader of the opposition, and to PIPP [ Pacific Institute of Public Policy] because they were hosting this event for the listeners, and especially the listeners need to be apologised to."