List of television stations in Samoa

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This is a list of the television stations in Samoa.


Since the privatisation of the state owned Samoa Broadcasting Corporation in 2008, TV1 is the new television station under the Samoa Quality Broadcasting Limited company has leased the previous FM frequency (89.1FM) & the UHF frequency and facilities of the former SBC studios at Mulinu'u. The shareholders of the newly formed company consist of a few old staff members of the former SBC with Galumalemana Faiasea Matafeo as the Chief Executive Officer.[1]

It continues to offer SBC’s former services such as Tala Fou (News), Lali (National Magazine show), Starsearch (Singing competition), Vaa o Manu (Religious discussion panel) & Faleula o Samoa (Samoan cultural discussion panel). TV1 also carries TVNZ News and live sports feeds.

STAR (Samoa Television and Radio)[edit]

Samoa’s only 24-hour television station began its operations from the former Lau TV studios on March 9, 2009 and offers “viewing content the (other station’s) don’t have. They tend to copy or duplicate each other in some of their programming. (STAR tends to be) more than an alternative especially for the advertisers” according to the station’s manager, Cook Island media businessman, George Pitt. [2]


The Keil family privately owned TV station established it presence in the air in May 2006 and is part of the Apia Broadcasting Corporation.[3]

Its renowned programmes are TV3 News which has Samoa’s only outside live broadcasting facilities which can broadcast news live from any remote location in Samoa as with other international news agencies. TV3 has often been a reliable service provider to overseas media agencies who require a satellite feed for news footage from Samoa.

Other programmes include Manuo (magazine show) and SamoaTel's Showtime (singing competition). The station operates from 6am to 12pm and is received by 90% of Samoan households.[3] It also shows popular overseas programmes such as Prison Break, Lost and Desperate Housewives.


VBTV (Vaiala Beach Television) is also privately owned, that plays a broad mix of music, lifestyle, documentary and educational material. It has a very good arts focus and has the most variety and content.


China's state-run broadcaster, China Central Television 9, relays its content on Samoa's free to air UHF. It carries international and Chinese programmes that are in the English language. It debuted in Samoa in mid-2005. It is unclear if the Chinese government owns the relay, or if its owned by a local broadcaster.

Ceased television stations[edit]

Samoa Broadcasting Corporation (SBC)[edit]

SBC was Samoa's public television and radio broadcaster created by an act of Parliament in 2003, replacing the old Western Samoa Broadcasting Department. This government entity include both the former Televise Samoa (established in 1993) & Radio 2AP (established in 1929).[4]

It was then privatised by government in late 2008 with the exception of the AM station, Radio 2AP.[1]

One of its biggest projects it carried out in its short life-span as SBC has been the international television coverage broadcast in cooperation with TVNZ Pacific News Service, Maori TV & TV3 Samoa of the late Royal Highness, Malietoa Tanumafili II's State Funeral [5] as well as the South Pacific Games first live broadcast coverage in Apia 2007.[6]

O Lau TV[edit]

A new Samoan free to air TV station established and first went on air in early-2006. It ceased operation in October 2007 due to tax evasion.


  1. ^ a b "Privatisation of Samoa public broadcaster almost complete". Radio New Zealand International. May 16, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Cook Island Herald: Pitt launches new free-to-air station in Samoa -
  3. ^ a b Event Polynesia: Samoans now spoilt for choice after TV3 launch -
  4. ^ Parliament of Samoa: Samoa Broadcasting Act of 2003 -
  5. ^ TVNZ Tagata Pasifika - Keyword Tagata Pasifika
  6. ^ South Pacific Games -