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Goverment Wins TV Deal

Fijians can now watch this weekend’s 7s live on TV  from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. And more of them can do so than ever before. This follows success in the
13 Dec 2014 09:58
Goverment Wins TV  Deal
The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, after the Parliament session yesterday. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum later announced the breakthrough in the rugby TV rights impasse. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Fijians can now watch this weekend’s 7s live on TV  from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

And more of them can do so than ever before.

This follows success in the Government campaign led by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to open up the telecasts so more Fijians could see them. This includes those in rural areas reached only by FBC TV.

Fiji One and FBC TV will now show live telecasts.

This came after long hours of consultations between World Rugby, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Holdings chairman Ioane Naiveli and FHL group chief executive officer Nouzab Fareed.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the good news was positive for fans and for the development of rugby.

He said all Fijians would get to watch the South Africa Leg of the World Sevens Series. He said this had come about through some very deliberate and focused discussions and negotiations within the past 48 hours.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said on Thursday night, Mr Naiveli, Fiji TV Board, Solicitor-General, the Permanent Secretary of Communications and him and World Rugby representatives had a teleconference which lasted two hours.

He said a number of issues were discussed and then World Rugby had a meeting with Fiji TV separately. Through discussions the World Rugby had facilitated through the Fijian Government and Fiji TV a particular position which allowed for the sub-licensing of the rights that Fiji TV had acquired, he added. He said that gave FBC TV the ability to also broadcast.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also confirmed that the sub-licensing of the rights would also allow the two television stations Fiji TV and FBC TV to show the entire  World Sevens Series and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He  thanked World Rugby for  understanding and listening to the rationale behind the law that was put in place.

He also thanked World Rugby for understanding  the fact that the commercial scale in Fiji was completely different to what existed to bigger economies like Australia, France.

anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 




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