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Bill tabled to repeal the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Act 2014 passed

Bill tabled to repeal the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Act 2014 passed

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/07/2022
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

The Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) (Repeal) Bill which seeks to repeal the Act, has been passed in parliament.

Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there is no longer a need to designate events or have the same event broadcast on channels from all free-to-air television broadcasters as Fijians can now use Walesi to view an event.

Sayed-Khaiyum says the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Act 2014 was earlier enacted to ensure that designated events are broadcast on free-to-air television for the benefit of all Fijian viewers.

He says many Fijians did not have access to subscription television or channels from all free-to-air television broadcasters and were only receiving channels from one or two free-to-air television broadcasters depending on where a person lived or what kind of antenna a person had available.

He says therefore, the Act ensured that anyone who had access to at least one of the channels from a free-to-air television broadcaster was able to view coverage of designated events.

Sayed-Khaiyum says with the implementation of Walesi and the mandatory analogue to digital switchover, every free-to-air television broadcaster has 100 percent coverage throughout Fiji through terrestrial, satellite and over-the-top means which allows Fijians to view all channels from the free-to-air television broadcasters using Walesi.

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