Fiji TV set to broadcast nature documentaries

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Fiji's Wildlife Conservation Society Program Director Sangeeta Mangubhai (left) with Fiji TV Head of Content Karen Lobendahn at the partnership signing.  Picture: SOLOMONE RABULU/Fiji Times

Fiji’s Wildlife Conservation Society Program Director Sangeeta Mangubhai (left) with Fiji TV Head of Content Karen Lobendahn at the partnership signing. Picture: SOLOMONE RABULU/Fiji Times

Avid television viewers in Fiji and across the Pacific region can now look forward to the increase in nature documentaries from the comfort of their homes.

The Pacific’s largest broadcaster, Fiji Television Limited (Fiji TV) announced its partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for free programs on conservation efforts to encourage public support for the protection of the environment.

Fiji TV’s Head of Content, Karen Lobendhan says that the yearlong partnership is about providing compelling nature programming to not only Fiji but the region as well which will be airing on its Free to Air and Direct to Home platforms.

Fiji's Wildlife Conservation Society Program Director Sangeeta Mangubhai (left) with Fiji TV CEO Geoffery Smith and Head of Content Karen Lobendahn at the partnership deal for a free to air documentary show. Picture: SOLOMONE RABULU/Fiji Times

Fiji’s Wildlife Conservation Society Program Director Sangeeta Mangubhai (left) with Fiji TV CEO Geoffery Smith and Head of Content Karen Lobendahn at the partnership deal for a free to air documentary show. Picture: SOLOMONE RABULU/Fiji Times

The partnership between WCS-Fiji and Fiji TV as the largest broadcaster in the Pacific will see 13 engaging nature documentaries viewed across 14 Pacific island countries and territories.

“These documentaries will feature different types of environmental issues that are relevant to us and will include feature stories about iconic and totemic species such as turtles, humpback whales and fish that are important for us to eat” said WCS-Fiji Country Director, Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai.

Fiji TV Head of Content Karen Lobendahn (far right) observes as Fiji's Wildlife Conservation Society Program Director Sangeeta Mangubhai (left) signs a partnership deal with Fiji TV CEO Geoffery Smith for a free to air documentary show. Picture: SOLOMONE RABULU/Fiji Times

Fiji TV Head of Content Karen Lobendahn (far right) observes as Fiji’s Wildlife Conservation Society Program Director Sangeeta Mangubhai (left) signs a partnership deal with Fiji TV CEO Geoffery Smith for a free to air documentary show. Picture: SOLOMONE RABULU/Fiji Times

The documentaries where filmed in Fiji, Hawaii, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and other countries like Hong Kong and the United States of America. A few of the documentaries have also attracted international film festivals which reflect the quality of television content that will be broadcast as a result of this partnership.

“The first of the documentaries focuses on showcasing the immense socio-economic and ecological values of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape and explores our Fijian connection to the environment”, Dr. Mangubhai added.

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