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Sevens To The Max: FBC

Bring out the champagne, pound the grog.  The International Rugby Board (IRB) wants all Fijians to watch the IRB World Series, breaking Fiji TV’s monopoly. Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) chief
11 Oct 2014 10:46
Sevens To The Max: FBC
The Pacific Community’s acting Director Disaster and Community Resilience, GEM Division, Patrick Haines.

Bring out the champagne, pound the grog.  The International Rugby Board (IRB) wants all Fijians to watch the IRB World Series, breaking Fiji TV’s monopoly.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was already putting in the hard yards yesterday to secure sponsorship.

Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum broke the news yesterday in an exclusive interview with Fiji Sun on the eve of the first IRB Series tournament.

Fiji’s first game today, against Scotland, in the Gold Coast 7s tournament on FBC TV will be at 2.02pm. The Vodafone Fiji 7s team will then play Portugal at 5.23pm, then Australia at 9.01pm.

The deal is a win-win situation for all stakeholders with Fiji TV, FBC and MaiTV now allowed to share coverage rights for the much anticipated season.  This is similar to the deal allowing maximum coverage for the FIFA World Cup soccer held in Brazil, in July this year.

‘’It involves a lot of hard work especially since it’s a public holiday (yesterday) and a lot of people don’t know it’s going to be covered by FBC, so we’ve been working all day on the promos,’’ the FBC CEO said.

The FBC boasts a 94 – 95 per cent coverage of Fiji, much higher than its competitors according to Sayed-Khaiyum, that justifies the IRB’s decision.

He said a lot of viewers in places like Korovou, Tailevu and Naitasiri would now be able to access the live coverage.

“As you know, FBC’s picture clarity is like no other. This is really good news for viewers in Fiji as FBC has a much larger reach in the country than anyone else,” he said.

Feedback:  josuat@fijisun.com.fj

 



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