Friday, September 10th 2010 - 04:21 UTC

Falklands’ first local television station ready to begin broadcasting

The Falkland Islands first local television station will soon be broadcasting to the Islands. KTV and Stanley Services Limited have announced the creation of a new Company called Falkland Islands Television Limited (FITV) which will broadcast locally produced news programs.

The Islands have had for decades a local radio station, FIRS

The new Company which is equally owned by both parties plans to commence broadcasting later in the year using KTV distribution platform.

The aim of the new TV Station will initially be to provide locally produced news programs two to three times a week concentrating on local issues. The company will be staffed by local people who will undergo the relevant training.

Mario and Sharon Bulic Zuvic owners of KTV said they “…are very excited by the creation of a local TV station producing local news and other programs by local people for the local community”.

Tom Swales Managing Director of Stanley Services Limited commented “SSL are very pleased to be involved in the creation of a completely new Company offering a brand new service to the Islands. It will be a new sector within local business and will create albeit a small but dynamic industry in the Falkland Islands”

Speaking from Stanley Services Ltd. Financial Director Gary Perrens told Mercopress that the aim was to have staff in place to commence training in early November with the start date for actual broadcasting likely to be before the end of the year. Any training will be carried out in the Islands, “which will enable staff to become familiar with the equipment and effectively have a full dry run before we commence broadcasting. We intend to bring someone down from the UK to carry out the training.”

Currently Falkland Islanders receive television broadcasts from both the British Forces station and multiple channels from Mr Zuvic’s KTV. The new station will be available to all KTV users.

The station will be based at the Stanley Services office next to the fuel station to the south east side of Stanley.

 By Lisa Watson - SeAledPR - Stanley

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1 Alvaro (#) Sep 10th, 2010 - 06:58 pm Report abuse
Question for the islanders:
Do you receive any signal from Chilean or Argentinian television?
2 Zethee (#) Sep 10th, 2010 - 07:21 pm Report abuse
Just the British forces broadcasting as far as i know, which is a mix between BBC1,2,3 and sports channels.

Unless i am mistaken, then i dont think they do.
3 harrier61 (#) Sep 10th, 2010 - 08:16 pm Report abuse
Anybody read the penultimate paragraph in the article?
4 JustinKuntz (#) Sep 10th, 2010 - 08:28 pm Report abuse

It does include Argentine channels.
5 Islander1 (#) Sep 10th, 2010 - 11:35 pm Report abuse
Yes, with a large satellite dish of your own one or two do receive Arg/Chilean stations direct, signal usually poor though as Arg stations in particular narurally beam North-South-West - not east out to the sea, and Chile further away. But by the KTV satellite system we get Chilean national evening news and some Arg programmes and even the adverts.
6 stick up your junta (#) Sep 11th, 2010 - 07:45 am Report abuse
Do you get Aussie soaps beamed to you from the Argies

Neighbours, Everybody needs good neighbours
With a little understanding
You can find the perfect blend
Neighbours...should be there for one another
That's when good neighbours become good friends
Ooh Neighbours, should be there for one another
That's when good neighbours become good friends
7 Beef (#) Sep 11th, 2010 - 08:53 am Report abuse
It is good to watch Neighbours;, it can make one feel talented!
8 Cadfael (#) Sep 11th, 2010 - 09:10 am Report abuse
Soaps! Huh!
Chewing gum for vacant minds!
9 Think (#) Sep 11th, 2010 - 09:31 am Report abuse
(5) Islander1

“And some Arg. programmes and even the adverts”

Argentinean Television!................................
Well...... There you have,finally, a justified ground for deep seated hatred :-)
10 Zethee (#) Sep 11th, 2010 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
Think, go sit back in your corner, face the wall.
11 Alvaro (#) Sep 11th, 2010 - 03:30 pm Report abuse
If Argentines want to torture the islanders have them watch Showmath 24/7...They torture the rest of the continent with that program. However I like Luciana Salazar when she appears there once in a while.
12 jorge! (#) Sep 13th, 2010 - 12:45 pm Report abuse
You're right Alvaro, we can torture islanders with that tv show. LOL
13 harrier61 (#) Sep 13th, 2010 - 04:06 pm Report abuse
The good thing is that, on their TV sets,the Islanders have an “Off” button.
Unfortunately, there's no “Off” button on Argentina - yet.
14 avargas2001 (#) Sep 14th, 2010 - 05:55 pm
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