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TBC does not have the rights yet, to broadcast live Mate Ma’a Tonga’s game

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 04/10/2018

The Minister of Labor told Parliament this morning that the National Broadcaster- Tonga Broadcasting Commission is yet to have the rights to broadcast the Mate Ma’a Tonga vs Kangaroos game scheduled for the 20th of October.

Therefore it is not yet confirmed if the game will be broadcast on Radio and Television Tonga.

This follows an inquiry made by the Ha’apai 13 MP – Veivosa Taka regarding the broadcast of the Mate Ma’a Tonga match with the Kangaroos in New Zealand later this month.

Taka says the National Broadcaster – Tonga Broadcasting Commission should ensure they will attain the rights to broadcast the game live on television and radio as the TBC’s AM channel is the only radio that reaches the outer islands up to the northernmost 2 Niuas and will be the most convenient medium for these people to follow the game live.

He believes that the game will be a historical moment for Tonga and the people from his constituency really want to listen to the game live as they are not fortunate enough to watch it on television like the people of ‘Eua and Tongatapu.

His comments were supported by the Ha’apai 12 MP – Mo’ale Finau, Vava’u 16 MP – ‘Akosita Lavulavu and the Niua’s MP – Vatau Hui.

They said they want to ensure the people of Tonga would be able to watch the game live – or listen to it on Radio Tonga one, AM Station.

MPs also suggested to set up a public viewing for the outer islands where the community can come together and watch the game.

Deputy Prime Minister – Semisi Sika responded that the Government is currently looking into resolving this issue as soon as possible.

Meanwhile Tongatapu 3 MP – Siaosi Sovaleni reminded the MPs not to blame anyone or any company at this stage but urged government to carry out the work immediately.

Television Tonga is a free to air network that reaches Tongatapu, and ‘Eua and many without the luxury of affording the paid subscription television that currently holds the rights to broadcast the game, rely on TV Tonga for the broadcast of important events such as this historical rugby league match.

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