8 Jul 2019

Controversy over new media appointment in Tonga

10:01 am on 8 July 2019

The state-owned Tonga Broadcasting Commission has been rocked by allegations the appointment of its new Station Manager was done without due process.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

Setita Tu'i'onetoa, also known as Setita Miller, was recruited for the position without it being advertised.

Mrs Miller is a long time and close friend of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

It was one of the requirements by the board that whoever gets the job would be someone with a university degree in media or journalism.

Sources within the TBC said this may not be the case with Mrs Miller.

The largest media company in the country has lost many experienced and qualified journalists over the past year, including former General Manager Nanise Fifita, Viola Ulakai, Laumanu Petelo, and University of South Pacific graduate Linda Filiai.

Mrs Filiai left after accusing the board of "bullying" her for reporting the news as directed.