VBTC needs Vt500 million

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas. Picture: LOOP PNG

PORT VILA, (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says the
Government is committed to fulfilling the 100-day plan for the government-owned broadcaster, to provide both radio and TV coverages to the people of Vanuatu during its term.

However, PM Salwai told Parliament that the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) needs Vt500
million (US$4.5 million) to implement the 100-Day policy, because the company is in dire need to upgrade, improve and expand such wide coverage throughout all the islands in the country.

Other MPs who supported PM Salwai commented on the technical, management and financial status of the
government-owned broadcaster. They questioned why VBTC still remained in this state, despite the current modern technological advancement in the world today.

PM Salwai reminisced that in the past, he could still listen to Radio Vanuatu with crystal clear reception in his village and home island.

“Why not now?” he questioned.

As minister responsible for media in Vanuatu, PM Salwai said despite many blames that have been leveled at the
quality and coverages of both the national radio and television, changes are taking place.

He said MPs should make time to visit the company and see for themselves the many changes that have taken place under the new management and board.

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