After a three-year hiatus, Radio Australia is broadcasting again within Fiji.
Radio Australia’s FM transmitters in Suva and Nadi were switched off in April 2009 amid tension between the government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the media and Australia, say reports. Since then Radio Australia listeners in Fiji have only been able to access the broadcaster’s programs via shortwave radio broadcasts and online.
Through dialog with the Fiji Broadcasting Corp. and the Fijian Ministry of Information, Radio Australia’s FM services have now resumed via locally based transmitters in Suva, Nadi and Labassa, with Ba to follow in coming weeks, explained Mike McCluskey, Radio Australia CEO.
“People in Fiji will have access to Radio Australia’s high quality news and talk content from across Asia, the Pacific, Australia and the world,” said McCluskey. “They will also be able to hear some of the best radio content produced by the ABC.”
He points out that the focus of the service to Fiji will be clearly on the Pacific, looking at events, issues and the people of the region.