The Board and management of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation today (10/11/21) briefed Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare on project upgrades for the studios and Television Service.
The SIBC Board of Directors, led by the Chairman, Dr Alpheaus Zobule, accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Honimae (BEM) briefed the Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare as the Minister for Broadcasting on a project for the upgrade of the Corporation’s radio studios and offices at the Rove Headquarters and to set up an SIBC television service.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Sogavare was informed, SIBC is currently working with an overseas partner on this proposed Project.
This is part of SIBC’s preparations for Solomon Islands hosting of the 2023 Pacific Games.
SIBC feels the Pacific Games will be a great opportunity for the national broadcaster to bring this historical event to our people in the rural areas and urban centres both through radio, television and other platforms.
SIBC Board and management conveyed their thank you to the Prime Minister for welcoming the proposal, giving time to listen to their vision for the State Owned Enterprise going forward.
Prime Minister and Minister for Broadcasting, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare said, the Corporation must continue to strive to cope with media challenges in the 21st century and beyond.
Content wise, there’s no shortage of local content by the National broadcaster, Prime Minister Sogavare noted.
He adds, Solomon Islands prepares to host the 2023 Pacific Games, the State Owned broadcaster should take ownership and lead in broadcasting the regional event.
The rise in misinformation in the local media is a concern. This needs to be controlled. The developments SIBC is pursuing is directly in line with the policy of the government of the day.
As agreed on during the meeting, SIBC will further discuss the project with officials in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.