RNZI – The government in Vanuatu says it’s looking for partners to help modernise the state broadcaster, and fix radio transmission problems to the outer-islands.
Communities rely on the radio broadcast of cyclone warnings during cyclone season.
Worries have been raised over the on-going failure of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) to transmit Radio Vanuatu to some of the outer-islands.
The Public Relations Officer for the Prime Minister’s Office, Kierry Manassah, says the government is looking for partners to help VBTC move from analog to digital TV, as well provide radio transmission solutions.
“VBTC currently has problems with its radio transmissions; a lot of the islands don’t have coverage. Really the organisation is hamstrung. Partners which come in, within the expression of interest, we are also interested to know what companies can contribute to that side of the broadcasting.”-
Manassah says a lot of the transmitters are old and need to be replaced.
The VBTC is currently under review, with the government looking to retire or make redundant about 20 of the 60 staff.