The national broadcaster, SIBC, is taking drastic and desperate measures to stay on air. This comes after Solomon Power's recent disconnection of SIBC's power supply due to a $65,000 outstanding bill.
The situation is also affecting SIBC's proposed television service. Wickham said earlier, due to the government's cash flow problems, they cancelled a contract payment of $2.5 million which SIBC were to use to set up the early part of the TV service. "We have submissions for capitalization of the TV Project and for equipment upgrades for radio equipment, studios, administration, provincial studios, provincial FM stations etc. "These total $23 million. "Since the government changed we have not heard how the new administration views our SIBC prospects," Wickham stated. He said SIBC had also complained to the Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Finance that Solomon Power did not seem to know the essential services act and did not seem to know or care about the cash-flow situation everyone reliant on government is affected by.
(by Editor Solomon Star National News/Lynnissha-Runa, via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK yg, 24 Dec)
(BDXC/Top Nx 1328-01 Jan 2018)
SIBC website: http://www.sibconline.com.sb