10 Feb 2015

PNG opposition wants rethink on TV buy

8:30 pm on 10 February 2015

The Papua New Guinea opposition says Telikom PNG - a state enterprise - should review its decision to buy television station, EMTV.

EMTV is being sold by its Fijian parent company for 10 million US dollars.

The opposition leader, Don Polye, says TV is an important mode of communication to satisfy the entertainment, education and information needs for PNG people.

He says the government should not be involved.

Mr Polye says the independence and objectivity of news and other programmes is threatened by the governrment's action.

The former treasurer wants the government to review the decision and he says if the opposition comes to power it might resell the company to recoup the taxpayers money.