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Officer of the Order of Fiji awarded to prominent Broadcaster in the Asia-Pacific Region

His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of the Fiji Islands and Chancellor of The Order of Fiji has announced that Kenneth (Ken) Bradford Clark has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Fiji. The Honour is awarded for services to Fiji.

In a news release the Order of Fiji said:” Mr Clark led the founding of Sky Pacific, the Direct To Home satellite service in Fiji. He is honoured for his immense contribution to the development of Fiji Television Limited and the television industry in both Fiji and the Pacific. He has set high standards of professionalism and the best standards of ethics and good corporate governance.

In his work he has represented Fiji on a high profile global stage and in a manner which has brought credit and prestige to his country. His legacy will remain for generations to come; his economic contribution to the country is immeasurable”.

Mr Clark said he is honoured by the recognition:  “It has been a privilege to serve Fiji and the broader broadcast community, both in the Pacific and in the wider broadcast industry through the activities of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with expert broadcasters and industry professionals in many places and in industry categories large and small. I wish to thank them all for helping me grow in an industry that does so much for the people it serves.”

Mr Clark has worked in the television industry for several decades beginning in Canada and then TV3 in New Zealand before joining Fiji TV in 1999.  He is the Vice President of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and former President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

While the appointment has been made The Order of Fiji Award itself is expected to be presented at an investiture ceremony on Fiji Day in October 2012.