|Pacific Media Watch|
Girls' college students launch 'suitcase radio'
Title -- 4421 FIJI: Girls' college students launch radio
Date -- 24 May 2004
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- The Fiji Times 24/5/2004
Copyright -- FT
Status -- Unabridged
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STUDENTS LAUNCH RADIO BROADCAST
SUVA (Fiji Times Online/Pacific Media Watch): The inaugural Fiji broadcast of fem TALK has been aired live from Saint Joseph's Secondary School, the Fiji Times reports.
Femlink Pacific spokeswoman Sharon Rolls said the transmission launched yesterday would cover an 18 to 20 km radius.
"We are using a 100 watt transmitter. Sunday's broadcast will be the first time we are using our new mobile suitcase radio equipment, which was donated to us by UNESCO. It is the first time that our student broadcast team, fifth formers of St Joseph's Secondary School will go on air,'' Rolls said.
She said the team of young women broadcasters and a very able and energised technical production assistants have been working together since March for the broadcast.
She added the group pre-recorded various segments with other non- government organisations (NGO) partners and the broadcast included a series of "chat show" segments focusing on the overarching theme of the mobile women's community radio project, Women and Peace.
"The broadcast has been staged to coincide with the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, which will be commemorated globally tomorrow," she said.
"Our first lunchtime chat show segment is providing space for an exchange of viewpoints and perspectives on this theme.
"In relation to the experiences of Fiji and the Pacific Island women, this will air from 12 noon,'' she said.
Yesterday, the programme highlights included an interfaith peace vigil segment, interviews with the Women of the Disabled People's Association as well as a focus on the social empowerment and education programme of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy.
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