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Opposition seeks clarification on Super Rugby broadcast

Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Aseri Radrodro called on Fiji Television Limited (Fiji TV) to clarify issues surrounding the live broadcast of 2016 Super Rugby games. In a statement released earlier today, Hon. Radrodro accused Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL) management and FijiTV board of being unable to conduct their role. The revelation in the media by (FHL CEO) that […]

Peni Shute

February 16, 2016 12:55 pm

Opposition parliamentarian Hon. Aseri Radrodro called on Fiji Television Limited (Fiji TV) to clarify issues surrounding the live broadcast of 2016 Super Rugby games.

In a statement released earlier today, Hon. Radrodro accused Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL) management and FijiTV board of being unable to conduct their role.

The revelation in the media by (FHL CEO) that the showing of 2016 Super Rugby Games live on television is yet to be confirmed despite less than a month to go before games season starts, is not only inexcusable but also confirms the inability of FHL Management and the Board of Fiji TV to conduct its role as per customer expectations.

In response, FijiTV CEO Geoffrey Smith told Newswire the Super Rugby television rights is currently with a telecommunications company.

Digicel are the current rights holders of Super Rugby in the region. Therefore Fiji Television continues to engage in negotiations with them to ensure that viewers of Sky Pacific will hopefully continue to enjoy Super Rugby as they have for many years on the platform.

However because we are now almost at the eleventh hour with the start of the Super Rugby season not far off, negotiations may have to take on a greater sense of urgency.

Fijian Holdings Limited CEO and FijiTV director, Nouzab Fareed, told Newswire the rights are yet to be made available to FijiTV.

I think it’s public knowledge the government of New Zealand is giving two matches every week to all the television companies in the Pacific, so that most probable we will show…but as far as I know FijiTV has not bought the rights.  For us to buy the rights, the rights have to be available.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Newswire there would be two live matches every week on FBC.

Well as you know, the New Zealand government organised this and as far as we know they are giving it out to pacific island countries, not just us, it’s for everyone. So what the issue is with rights with Digicel and the rugby people and New Zealand government we don’t really know about it, we’re not party to it, but all we know is that New Zealand government is providing this service to the Pacific.

The Super Rugby competition begins on the 26th of this month.

Television audiences in Fiji started watching Super Rugby on Sky Fiji in 1996 when it was initially the Super 12 competition.

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