11 Dec 2017

Tonga's TBC goes 24 hours

3:02 pm on 11 December 2017

Tonga's beleaguered state broadcaster has begun regular 24 hour operations for the first time.

Previously it only broadcast after hours between midnight and six in the morning if there was a public emergency.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

The station received a revamp earlier this year in an effort to improve content and boost revenue after being called 'an enemy of government' by the prime minister.

The Acting General Manager of Tonga's Broadcasting Commission, Solomone Finau, said while content hasn't yet been finalised, there are plans to stream everything online.

"We'll be trying to expose these services, that six hours extra, having some talkback shows and some of the religious songs and local music. It's kind of popular at the moment but we're trying to expose that, [not just] to the local people but to the overseas as well," said Solomone Finau.

Solomone Finau said TBC's hoping for more government funds to keep the 24 hour service going permanently.

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