Saturday, January 19, 2013

Appeal to AIBD Members on behalf of Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

In December 2012 Fiji was battered by the ferocious tropical cyclone Evan which not only uprooted trees and homes, ripped roofs off buildings and caused widespread power outages but also did not spare the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC). It left a trail of destruction to its equipment and accessories out of which most of them were beyond repair.

According to Mr Riyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Chief Executive Officer of FBC, “This cyclone has really hit our bottom line and we are now in dire need for equipment that was not budgeted for so soon after the completion of our upgrade project. The most damage caused was in the Western Division of the mainland, in particular the Sabeto site as the roof of the transmission building hut has been blown off. We are still unable to provide a permanent service in parts of the country and hope that we can get assistance to overcome this dire predicament.” 

On behalf of FBC, we from the AIBD secretariat urge our colleagues in the AIBD family to assist our colleagues in their request to get them back to be operational to full capacity soon for the benefit of their listeners and viewers in Fiji especially the people in the remote areas.

FBC is even more than willing to accept second hand equipment including older cameras. Please refer to the list of equipment that is needed urgently as Fiji will continue to experience the cyclone season for some months yet.

Any member who is willing to assist is most welcome to contact Mr Riyaz Sayed Khaiyum at his e-mail or Tel: (679) 3314333 or FAX: (679) 3220990

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