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PINA 'credibility at stake' in merger
Title -- 4478 REGION: PINA 'credibility at stake' in merger
Date -- 17 August 2004
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Radio NZ International 17/8/2004
Copyright -- RNZI
Status -- Unabridged
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PACIFIC MEDIA ORGANISATION PINA WILL NEED TO BE REBUILT AFTER PROTRACTED MERGER
APIA (Radio NZ International/Pacific Media Watch): The merger of the regions media services - the Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association (PIBA) and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) - has affected the new organisations credibility.
There have been delays for 18 months in forming a single organisation under the control of PINA.
But its president, Apolu Lance Polu, says the process should be complete within months once the PIBA accounts, which go back up to 15 years, are audited.
Lance Polu says the organisations image will need to be rebuilt.
Because the delay has actually put a lot of things in question - in the view of the funders, our supporters in the past. They have been asking about how the merger has been going and it has delayed the funding for the various projects, but the merger will be ready I think in a couple of months
© RNZI 2004
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