Suva, Fiji (SPC) – In a timely gesture, two more television stations in the Pacific Island region will soon be airing the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s flagship TV show, The Pacific Way.
As the show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the addition of Click TV in Papua New Guinea and Marshall Islands Local TV in the Republic of the Marshall Islands brings to 20 the number of stations currently broadcasting the iconic programme.
“We’re saving the show for the nationwide launch of PNG TV which now sits on our 24-channel digital platform in Port Moresby,” the Managing Director of Click TV PNG, Richard Broadbridge, said.
“The Pacific Way will be an important feature in our post Pacific Games schedule and we look forward to providing our growing PNG audience a weekly snapshot of their neighbours in the region,” he said.
Marshall Islands Local TV Station in the Northern Pacific will also soon air The Pacific Way.
Peter Ray of the Marshall Islands Local TV Station, run by the National Telecommunication Authority, said the programme offers great insights into the challenges, solutions and successes being experienced in different parts of the Pacific.
“The Pacific Way also shares the different cultures to our people and we hope our younger generation will be more educated about development issues by watching the show,” Mr Ray added.
The weekly half-hour programme presents a wide range of informative and entertaining stories about the Pacific for the Pacific, with a focus on development in the region.
The Pacific Way Team Leader at SPC, Joji Nabalarua, said the show’s longevity and popularity were only possible through the ongoing interest of broadcasters and the support of TV viewers across the Pacific and beyond.
“We thank all our loyal broadcast partners and viewers, and welcome Click TV and Marshall Islands Local TV and their audiences to The Pacific Way family at SPC,” Mr Nabalarua said.
“Through the show, SPC gives Pacific people a voice, allowing them to tell their own stories and share their experiences in a rapidly-changing region, against the backdrop of our organisation’s development support,” he said.
Production of The Pacific Way by SPC began in 1995 with seed funding from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and with set props such as tapa cloth, fishing nets and carvings donated by various Pacific Community members.
To view the first four episodes of the show for 2015, see The Pacific Way playlist on YouTube:
Episode 1: Youth at Work & 20th Anniversary Highlights 3rd SPC Conference https://youtu.be/7UtXfJlyE2c
Episode 2: Empowering Communities in RMI, Palau & FSM https://youtu.be/f_Ur9LDoGPE
Episode 3: National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA) in Tuvalu https://youtu.be/UGtlSLXXIOs
Episode 4: Building Resilient Communities in Tonga (USAID) & GCCA: PSIS Kiribati Environmental Health Surveillance https://youtu.be/AbzMAXhV8H0