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Let’s Go Local: Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Natadola, Kulukulu Epitomise Fiji For FBC’s Chief Executive

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum began in radio and then moved to the screen where he worked at Fiji Television Limited for about nine years. He worked his way up to managing news content and also hosted the then highly rated weekly current affairs programme, Close Up.
07 Jan 2022 11:00
Let’s Go Local: Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Natadola, Kulukulu Epitomise Fiji For FBC’s Chief Executive
Chief executive officer of the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his three favourite places.

Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is a leader in radio and television.

He is the successful chief executive officer of the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation.

He has built it into a modern multimedia powerhouse and regional leader.

 

He earlier had a prominent career as a journalist.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum began in radio and then moved to the screen where he worked at Fiji Television Limited for about nine years.

He worked his way up to managing news content and also hosted the then highly rated weekly current affairs programme, Close Up.

 

Following this successful stint, he moved to New Zealand where he worked at Asia Downunder, a television magazine programme where he stayed more than three years.

He has covered major political events, interviewed political, business, thought leaders both here and abroad.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has been at the helm of FBC for 14 years.

 

The Bay of islands in Vanua Balavu, Lau.

The Bay of islands in Vanua Balavu, Lau.

What Places Have You Visited In Fiji?
I’ve visited everywhere except Lau, Kadavu, Lomaiviti.

 

Kulukulu sand dunes, with the popular Kulukulu estuary in the background.

Kulukulu sand dunes, with the popular Kulukulu estuary in the background.

What Is One Place In Fiji You’d Take Visitors To And Why?
Why show them one part of the Fiji when there are many places to be experienced?

One of them would definitely be Kulukulu, the Sand Dunes and Natadola – very tranquil and peaceful.

These are some places that epitomise Fiji for me.

 

Hot Bread Kitchen outlet in Butt Street, Suva. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

Hot Bread Kitchen outlet in Butt Street, Suva. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

Where Do You Go To For Coffee Or Pie And Why?
I’m trying not to eat pies at the moment.

But whenever I do fall of the wagon –you can’t beat Hot Bread Kitchen’s chilli chicken pie.

 

Favourite Backyard Sport?
Cricket

 

A beachfront on Kabara Island in the Lau group. source: www.seabedsfiji.com/cruises/lau-kadavu-discovery-cruise-11-nights/

A beachfront on Kabara Island in the Lau group. source: www.seabedsfiji.com/cruises/lau-kadavu-discovery-cruise-11-nights/

Place In Fiji That Remains On Your Bucket List?
I’d love to go on one of the Lau cruises….but it’s quite expensive so I’m contemplating on that.

Kadavu and I suppose Koro.

I like going on road trips.

I’m naturally inquisitive because I used to be a journalist so I always wonder what’s down this road and that.

I like to detour all over the place and discover new places.

 

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