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New TV and radio station for Samoa

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) launched a new television and radio station today.

General Secretary Rev Dr Iutisone Salevao says the stations will be called EFKS Television and Radio Broadcasting for now and will operate from Samoa’s capital, Apia.

The Samoa Observer reports that the initial focus of the new broadcaster is youth, and all programmes will be aired in English and Samoan.

Both stations are co-funded by the Council for World Mission in Singapore and London, but the church hopes for financial self-sufficiency in the future.

The general manager of the stations is Tuiasau Uelese Petaia, a former chief executive officer of TV One, who also ran his own television station, LAU TV, which eventually folded.

Tuiasau, is also former Vice President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).