Sep 20, 2018 Last Updated 4:57 AM, Sep 13, 2018

By: Netani Rika

MOVES are afoot in Tonga to set up a commercial television company.

Papua New Guinea's Click TV has started negotiations to purchase a licence to operate in the kingdom.

Click TV's Richard Broadbridge is expected in Tonga today to hold talks with potential partners.

The move was welcomed independent radio broadcaster, Maka Tohi.

"A second TV station will allow for more local content and non-government broadcast material," Tohi said.

"It's a huge challenge for non State entities to find space on the government station.

"Hopefully an independent commercial station will give us space to produce and broadcast local material."

Tohi - former chief engineer of the state owned Tonga Broadcasting Corporation- has close links to Broadbridge.

The two worked closely during the establishment of Sky Pacific in Tonga when Broadbridge worked for Fiji TV.

Broadbridge later moved to PNG and set up the digitally based Click TV.

The company recently applied to operate a digital TV station in Kiribati.

Click provides services to 1000 homes in Kiribati and is expected to set up a similar service in Tonga.

Broadbridge has remained tightlipped about his foray into the kingdom.

But he us expected to meet a number of influential Tongans over the weekend.

The entry of a new TV company will come at a time when media freedom is under threat in the country.

But Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has defended his hardline stand against media companies.

Pohiva said the recent dismissal of two Tonga Broadcasting Corporation officials was part of a long term vision for the kingdom's development.

Guide to the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting – Nauru 2018

Our Team

   Managing Director / Publisher

   Samisoni Pareti 

   Group Editor-in-Chief

   Samisoni Pareti

   Marketing and Sales

   Peni Totoka

   Finance and Operations manager

   Sara Winnie Vafo'ou

   Design

   Dick Lee

          

    Main Correspondents

   Fiji

 

   Australia

Rowan Callick

 

Nic Maclellan

 

Davendra Sharma

   Cook Islands

Helen Greig

   Kiribati

Taberannang Korauaba

   French Polynesia

Nic Maclellan

   Marshall Islands

Giff Johnson

   New Caledonia

Nic Maclellan

   New Zealand

Dev Nadkarni

 

Jason Brown

   Niue

Naea Michael Jackson

   Papua New Guinea

Sam Vulum

 

Patrick Matbob

   Samoa

Taina Kami-Enoka

   Solomon Islands

Priestly Habru

   Tonga

IliesaTora

   Vanuatu

Tony Wilson

Find Us on Facebook