24 Dec 2014

Fiji TV 'ready' for legal action from executives

6:51 am on 24 December 2014

The CEO of Fiji Holdings, which owns Fiji TV, says he is ready to face legal action, brought by a sacked executive.

The former Fiji TV Content Manager Tanya Waqanika.

The former Fiji TV Content Manager Tanya Waqanika. Photo: Fiji TV

Last week Fiji TV fired its CEO, Tevita Gonelevu, and the Content Manager, Tanya Waqanika.

The sackings were fallout from a dispute with the Fiji Government over the company's broadcasting deal with World Rugby, to screen the Dubai Rugby Sevens.

The Minister of Information, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, argued that the contract between World Rugby and Fiji TV excluded Fijians living in remote areas, and the public broadcaster should have the right to also screen the games.

Ms Waqanika says the sackings were in exchange for Fiji TV's licence extension, and says she is considering legal action.

The CEO of Fiji Holdings, Nouzab Fareed, spoke to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and says there's a contractual clause that allows immediate termination without notice and the company sought legal advice before acting.