National Digital TV and VBTC Website launched

PM launching the Digital TV. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Calo

By Glenda Willie

Board, Management, former and current employees of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) witnessed on Saturday the launching of a significant development in the life of VBTC when Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, launched the new national Digital TV service and VBTC Website ( last Saturday to mark 50 years of existence of Radio Vanuatu.

The Digital service packages comes with 50 channels altogether including Television Blong Vanuatu (TBV), Chinese channels, NC 1ere and NC TV, TV5 Monde and Japan’s NHK.

The TV service is hoping to include other TV channels such as Australia Plus and New Zealand’s Pasifika TV. It will also feature channels for movies, kids programme, sports, culture as well as Religious programs

The digital service is a joint-venture business initiative between VBTC and Chinese private Company which is specialised in Digital TV, the Guilin CEKE Communication Equipment Co Ltd.

PM Salwai congratulated VBTC for this achievement and asked VBTC to work closely with the Office of the Government Chief of Information (OGCIO) to ensure the TV coverage must reach all the islands.

One of the welcoming outcomes of this latest development will see VBTC, through the Digital TV and Radio Vanuatu, provide full coverage of the South Pacific Mini Games that Vanuatu will be hosting in December 2017.

On the other hand, the newly launched VBTC Website will carry daily news updates and at times will be streaming live of Radio Vanuatu, Paradise FM and TBV.

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