The Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. It was first discovered in 1606 in the1800s, both Britain and France claimed parts of the group of islands. In 1906, they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago known as the New Hebrides. The Republic of Vanuatu was created in 1980, after it gained independence.
The majority of Vanuatu’s inhabitants are of Melanesian descent, with the remainder made up of a mix of Europeans, Asians and other Pacific Islanders. The national language of the Republic of Vanuatu is Bislama. Its official languages are Bislama, English and French.
The Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation was corporatised in 1993 and comes directly under the Prime Minister’s Office. The VBTC operates Radio Vanuatu, the national public service radio, a community station called Studio 5 North (Luganville), a commercial station Paradise FM (Port Vila and Luganville) and Television Blong Vanuatu (TBV).
The VBTC is both the national public service broadcaster and the regulator for television and radio. It has a staff of 57, of which four are based in Santo while the rest are in the capital, Port Vila.