Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 8 May 2015Posted: May 8, 2015
A technical report on VBTC has shown many areas in which it is improving. Radio Vanuatu points this out in its news today. The feeling may well be shared by many in the listenership even though it might also well take a long time to win back the national listenership previously enjoyed from which the commercial music oriented stations have gained considerably. The Head of PACMAS, the regional media support organisation funded by Australian Aid, Francis Herman, says the technical report pays particular tribute to the efforts of technical personnel from New Zealand and the BBC, London, who have assisted in restoring their services as well as those of VBTC, Radio Vanuatu. As noted by many listeners and viewers, Radio Vanuatu and TBV were failing technically in both radio and television because of insufficient engineering experience and non-operating transmitters. Both Medium Wave and Short Wave services had begun failing before cyclone Pam – at a time when they were both of critical national importance for warnings.
Today’s Digest is brief for various reasons but before closing this writer would remind Radio Vanuatu presenters that, hurricane or none, listeners have a traditional right to expect the day’s Meteo report after the 6 am news without having to endure endless, unknown and pathetic love songs. The weather is as much news as the bulletin.