National TV in PNG

September 19, 2008 at 12:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Papua New Guinea Premier Launches National Television Service

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 September 2008, 06:00 CDT

Text of report by Papua New Guinea newspaper The National website on 17 September

The National Television Service (NTS) was switched on at the Port Moresby studio at exactly 6 p.m. after the ceremonial launch in Wewak by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare.

As the TV screens assembled outside the NBC Wewak studios showed the live transmission in front of the prime minister and invited guests, the PM hugged 10-year-old Manus twins Debbie and Barbie Sipasan and watched the screen with a big smile.

National Broadcasting Commission managing director Joseph Ealedona shed a few tears – overwhelmed with emotion to see the success of two years of hard work.

The prime minister had promised PNG that he would deliver an independence [anniversary] gift to the people on 16 September, a national television station.

Large screens were set up in Goroka, Mount Hagen, Rabaul and Port Moresby for the public to watch the new service of mostly pre- recorded programmes.

The first programmes that were watched on Channel Two from 6 p.m. were “Yumi Yet” – Independence Day celebrations in 1975 – followed by prime minister’s 33rd independence anniversary speech to the nation and launch of the NTS station ID Kundu 2.

Following that was the “Angels of War” movie about World War II in PNG. A local comedy, “Tinpis”, was then screened, to be followed by Communication Minister Patrick Tammur’s independence speech.

The station closed at 8 p.m. after a “Betelnut Business” documentary, which focused on the people’s love of the nut and how they make a living out of it.

Starting at 6 p.m. today would be the “PNG Experience” tourism programme. It will be followed by Healthy Promoting Schools and the first Kundu 2 national news at 7 p.m. After the news, a local movie titled “Anton” will be screened.

NTS will be managed by the National Broadcasting Commission. It would begin doing trial runs for two hours every day and gradually increase the hours over time.

Minister Tammur described the occasion as “the dawn of a new era” for PNG and the communication industry and committed the station to a lot of local content.

Sir Michael said the world will know PNG. He said many foreigners do not know much about PNG, except for Queenslanders and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He said by the end of the year, the world should know PNG.

[Wewak was chosen for the launch as Prime Minister Somare’s home town, the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier web site reported.]

Originally published by The National website, Port Moresby, in English 17 Sep 08.

(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Media. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.



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  2. Sheila said,

    I would like to say that in Wewak, where I come from I see that Kundu 2 is being watched by people in the rural areas as well. In Aibom in the Chambri lake the Kundu 2 signal has been clearly picked by the villagers who have televison sets.

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