It was only a matter of time before something like this was going to pop up. ‘Competition’ the buzz word for PNG in the last 2 years has been applied across our mobile phone industry, soon to be in our Airline industry and now of course our TV stations.
EMTV and Kundu 2’s tussle over the right to telecast the Rugby League World Cup matches has all the signs of the beginning of some very competitive programming to come in the next couple of months (maybe years) and it will be interesting to see which station can work out what we want to see on TV in PNG?
The two stations went to court over the weekend, just hours before the match between England and PNG Kumuls and an injunctive order was sought by NBC to stop EMTV from telecasting the match. But the National Court refused the restraining order and EMTV was able to telecast the game live on Saturday.
EMTV’s chief executive officer Ken Clark claimed that EMTV had reached an agreement with NBC earlier in the week to broadcast the match because National Television Service had limited coverage throughout the country.
But NBC’s managing director Joseph Ealedona said. “I can only say that the NBC has purchased broadcast rights to the World Cup Rugby League and as the CEO of NBC, the NBC has not given these rights to EMTV nor has it given authority to any persons to negotiate on behalf of the NBC,” Mr Ealedona added that the NBC was open for discussions with EMTV as it wanted EMTV to also broadcast the games given NTS currently broadcasts in six major centres only.
“However, we insist EMTV must get approval from the NBC and despite our attempts to talk to EMTV they have blatantly disregarded this legal broadcast practice. For far too long EMTV has taken PNG for a ride and it is time EMTV is told competition has now begun,” Mr Ealedona said.
I wonder whether EMTV was taking advantage of NBC by ignoring an agreement or whether EMTV had done their own hard work in securing their own rights? It kinda reminds me of the Olympics and how EMTV hardly made any effort to show our PNG atheletes except of course televising Ryan Pini’s race because they could get it cheapely from an Australian TV station.