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|Launched||November 25, 2011|
|Owned by||Fiji Broadcasting Corporation|
|Picture format||PAL-576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Slogan||The Difference is Clear|
|Language||English, Hindi, iTaukei|
|Headquarters||69 Gladstone Road, Suva|
FBC TV is an entertainment and news channel based in Fiji broadcasting in English, Hindi and Fijian. It is the third commercial free to air channel in Fiji. It was launched on 25 November 2011 by the Fiji Prime Minister - Commodore Frank Bainimarama. It covers 90% of Fiji’s population through VHF and UHF TV Band. Mai TV and Fiji Television are the main competitors of FBC TV in Fiji. FBC TV is operated by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, the company which also runs 6 radio stations, Radio Fiji One (iTaukei), Radio Fiji Two (Hindustani), Gold FM-Fiji (English), Bula FM (Fijian), 2day FM-Fiji (English) and Mirchi FM (Hindi). It had sold over $100,000 worth of television programming, even before it had officially signed on air.
FBC TV lifted the standard of local television news coverage by bringing in a top New Zealand news producer for months to train their local TV journalists. Its signal now reaches places in Fiji where no TV signal was available previously.
Mai TV was first to break Fiji Television’s monopoly but it did not have the years of market domination and exclusivity Fiji TV had been given to build its powerful position. FBC, already a successful radio broadcaster, changed that when it launched FBC TV, with support from the Bainimarama Government.
FBC TV was given exclusive rights in Fiji to telecast Miss World 2012. In October, 2013, it got the rights to exclusively show the 2013–14 Premier League live on its free-to-air channel. as well as the 2013 Constellation Cup.
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