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FBC Announces Third TV Channel

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation yesterday announced its third channel, FBC Plus, on the digital television platform Walesi. This is an addition to the two channels on digital television platform, FBC
03 Aug 2016 08:13
FBC Announces Third TV Channel
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum unveils the logo for their digital television channel FBC 2 yesterday. PhotoL: Filipe Naigulevu

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation yesterday announced its third channel, FBC Plus, on the digital television platform Walesi.

This is an addition to the two channels on digital television platform, FBC TV and FBC 2, which were allocated to FBC last Friday during the launch of its trial run.

FBC chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the third channel was approved by state-owned platform Walesi after they requested for an extra channel on digital television.

“After that lottery last week, FBC was placed as the number one and number three channel,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We did a lot of thinking, we strategised and we thought that we could do something more than what was on the table so we wrote to Walesi and requested for another channel,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said FBC Plus would be a plus channel which means whatever programmed is seen on FBC TV, the current premier channel, would be delayed by two hours on FBC Plus.

He added that FBC Plus would also include special interest programmes like major sporting events, such as the Olympics Games live coverage which would commence on Thursday.

This, he said, would mean that FBC Plus would avail 24-hour Olympics coverage, both live and delayed.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was to give Fijians as much Olympics as possible without compromising the needs of their audience who may not want to watch the Olympics.

He said FBC TV, their premier channel, would continue to provide a wide range of programmes both local and international.

“We are always envisioning to get more great free programmes,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said FBC 2, which was a public service broadcasting channel, would be a non-commercial channel having special emphasis on local programmes.

“It will be a channel that will be dedicated to education, development stories, religious programmes, local issues, mainstream, regional and international news,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they were looking into providing sign language interpretation for specific programmes on their various channels.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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