Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pacific Pulse


SUVA (FDP Online/Pacific Media Watch): Chief executive of Australia Network, Bruce Dover, yesterday announced the launch of a unique new television programme, Pacific Pulse, as part of Australia Network’s ongoing commitment to providing relevant content to its viewers.

Australia Network currently runs on Fiji One after normal local programming hours. It was originally Australia Television and later ABC Asia Pacific.

“A weekly feature-style television programme which will reflect the people, the personalities and the places which make the Pacific truly unique, Pacific Pulse will go beyond the headlines to explore the many other stories of this diverse, vibrant region,” a statement released yesterday by Australia Network said.

“Pacific Pulse will give Pacific viewers a new insight and perspective on local events and issues that matter to them,” said Dover.

Pacific Pulse will be co-presented by Tania Nugent, the face of Australia Network’s Nexus program, and Clement Paligaru, whose voice is recognised across the Pacific as a former presenter of Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat and current co-presenter of In the Loop, and will feature contributions from respected Pacific specialists.

“I am delighted with Australian Network launching Pacific Pulse – a program that captures the soul of the Pacific and offers an optimistic perspective,” said Murray Green, director, ABC International.

“This is another example of Australia Network’s ongoing commitment to providing relevant and engaging content for the Pacific,” Green added.

Tania Nugent, one of the presenters of the newly launched Pacific Pulse television programme, said they would be giving audiences “informative, entertaining and stimulating content” but more importantly, they would be providing “more than the headlines for our viewers".

Australia Network will also be providing viewers with a new evening Pacific News Bulletin, led by Australia Network’s correspondent, Sean Dorney, who has reported extensively on Pacific issues for three decades.

Pacific Pulse will be broadcast across the Pacific from November 1, on Australia Network.

It will broadcast in Fiji beginning this Sunday at 9.20pm (Sky Pacific and Fiji One later).

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