Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Departure of Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu and Head of Content Tanya Waqanika was part of “standard practice” taken during restructuring of organisations, according to comments from the station’s board.
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PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS
Wednesday, 17th December 2014 -
The departure of two leading executives from Fiji TV is raising concerns at the Pacific Freedom Forum about more interference in the country's media.
"Fiji TV is controlled by a public company and the reasons for their departure should be properly made public," says PFF Chair Titi Gabi.
"It is curious that the chief executive officer was only hired a little over a year ago, and has gone already."
Fiji TV CEO Tevita Gonelevu previously acted as Company Secretary for Fiji Holdings Limited, with controlling shares owned by a mixture of provincial, chiefly and landowner shareholders, among others.
No reasons were given for his departure, or that of Head of Content Tanya Waqanika. FHL Chief Executive and Fiji TV board member Nouzab Fareed confirmed the departures, describing them as a "standard approach" in restructuring a company.
Some media however reported the pair lost their jobs because of controversy over the loss of exclusive rights to world rugby broadcasts, with supporters claiming there was nothing they could do after a law change earlier this year.
PFF-Co Chair Monica Miller said the departure raised "further concerns" about continued impacts on the integrity of Fiji TV.
"Earlier restructuring moves have seen the departure of key staff, to the point now where the head of news has to take over."
"Are the public, whom FHL represents, getting the information they need?"
PFF is calling on FHL and Fiji TV to put impacts from the restructuring to an independent review, including delivery of news and information over airwaves that are a public asset.
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