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Van2017 and PCBL to broadcast Pacific Games for free

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The Organizing Committee of the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Games and Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited announced a partnership to provide live and recorded broadcasts from the Pacific Mini Games being hosted in Port Vila, to viewers in Pacific.

Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) was established in April 2015. It is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with the overall aim to build stronger relationships in the Pacific region by supporting the media sector. PCBL provides support to Pacific free-to-air broadcasters via the provision of program content, broadcast equipment and technical training. The provision of content is weighted towards news, current affairs and factual programs in order to retain its charitable status.

The partnership, which has had the support of the New Zealand Government through the High Commission in Port Vila, will mean that for the first time all nations that have the capacity to receive the signal from the PCBL satellite feed will be able to view close to 100 hours of content over the 12 days of competition at no charge.

CEO of Van2017 Clint Flood said that this arrangement is a demonstration of the strong commitment of New Zealand in the region.