29 Dec 2014

Amid controversy, Fiji TVs licence extended

5:11 pm on 29 December 2014

Fiji Television Limited's broadcast licence has been extended for a further six months.

Fiji Live reports the Communications Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, saying the extensiion will take effect from tomorrow and will be until further notice of any additional terms and conditions that may be prescribed.

Fiji TV has been embroiled in controversy after a dispute between the Fiji Government and World Rugby over the company's broadcasting deal to screen the Dubai Sevens.

The company's former Chief Executive, Tevita Gonelevu, and content manager Tanya Waqanika, were sacked a fortnight ago, with Ms Waqanika saying they were sacrificed by the board in order to have the company's licence renewed for 12 years -- equivalent to the licence issued to state-owned FBC.