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FBC TV

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Launched  November 25, 2011
Country  Fiji
Picture format  PAL-576i (SDTV 16:9)
Owned by  Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
Slogan  The Difference is Clear
Language  English, Hindi, iTaukei

FBC TV is an entertainment and news channel based in Fiji broadcasting in English, Hindi and Fijian. It is the third commercial free to air channel in Fiji. It was launched on 25 November 2011 by the Fiji Prime Minister - Commodore Frank Bainimarama. It covers 90% of Fiji’s population through VHF and UHF TV Band. Mai TV and Fiji Television are the main competitors of FBC TV in Fiji. FBC TV is operated by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, the company which also runs 6 radio stations, Radio Fiji One (iTaukei), Radio Fiji Two (Hindustani), Gold FM-Fiji (English), Bula FM (Fijian), 2day FM-Fiji (English) and Mirchi FM (Hindi). It had sold over $100,000 worth of television programming, even before it had officially signed on air.

FBC TV lifted the standard of local television news coverage by bringing in a top New Zealand news producer for months to train their local TV journalists. Its signal now reaches places in Fiji where no TV signal was available previously.

Mai TV was first to break Fiji Television’s monopoly but it did not have the years of market domination and exclusivity Fiji TV had been given to build its powerful position. FBC, already a successful radio broadcaster, changed that when it launched FBC TV, with support from the Bainimarama Government.

FBC TV was given exclusive rights in Fiji to telecast Miss World 2012. In October, 2013, it got the rights to exclusively show the 2013–14 Premier League live on its free-to-air channel. as well as the 2013 Constellation Cup.

The government enacted a Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Decree so that all Fijians have access to the important events including sports which included the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the World Rugby Sevens Series, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Rugby League World Cup, the World Netball Championship, the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Pacific Games, the Pacific Mini Games, the Coca-Cola Games, state funerals, general election results, the national budget address and parliament proceedings which allowed FBCTV the rights to broadcast these major events on free-to-air.

In November 2014, FBCTV were given the job to manage the digital TV project to allow the migration from analogue to Digital television in Fiji. In July 2015, it started running tests in the Suva, Nasinu corridor.

On August 2016, When Fiji moved into Digital broadcasting, FBC launched 2 more channels, FBC 2 and FBC Plus

Programming

Hindi

iTaukei

English

Mandarin

References

FBC TV Wikipedia


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