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Digicel Granted 12 Year Licence For SKY Pacific

Government has issued Digicel Fiji with three licences for 12 years to operate the pay television – SKY Pacific. The licence came into effect on Monday, Attorney-General and Minister for
09 Mar 2016 11:57
Digicel Granted 12 Year Licence For SKY Pacific
Digicel Fiji

Government has issued Digicel Fiji with three licences for 12 years to operate the pay television – SKY Pacific.

The licence came into effect on Monday, Attorney-General and Minister for Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced yesterday.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, however, announced that the licence is subject to the digitisation process that is currently taking place like all other TV licences.

“There are a number of features in the licences that is probably of significance,” he said.

One of these are there can be no local advertising on SKY Pacific unless all three free-to-air providers, who have veto powers on this, agree to it.

Furthermore, there will be no local content as provided for under the Decree unless issues such as the natural disasters when messages need to be sent out.

There are particular service level commitments built within the licenses as well.

If the SKY channel goes off-air, they have to pay rebate to subscribers.

If they are off air for 4 to 8 hours, there is 1% rebate, 8 to 16 hours is 2% rebate, 16 to 24 hours is 3% rebate and plus there is an additional 3% for every 24 hours that the particular service is off air.

Meanwhile, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there are 24 channels on SKY Pacific where majority are existing ones but TVWAN is the new channel to be introduced which is general entertainment.

He said should there be any new channels they want to provide, they have to get the permission of the Director of Communications.

“The standards that have been set by the Media Industry Development Decree such as advertising for children, pornography etc will apply to them,” he said.

Digicel Fiji chief executive, Darren McLean, said they were very happy to get the licences from after an announcement was made in September the past year about the purchase of SKY Pacific.

“There is a lot more work to do to plan the transition from Fiji TV to Digicel ownership until such time there is no change to SKY Pacific operations and channel lineup.

“The focus in the short term is to keep the business focused and delivering for customers, while we plan the improvements that are necessary over the coming months.”

 

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