The Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation has appointed Mr. RANI TAVITI as Officer in Charge of its Northern Division operations.
Mr. Taviti is originally from Malo Island and will be based in Luganville to oversee VBTC’s operations in the Sanma, Malampa, Torba and Penama provinces. He joined VBTC in 2019 as a content maker and recently led VBTC’s 15-member emergency lockdown team that maintained a 24 hour service over two months of the lockdown.
Chief Executive Officer, Francis Herman, described Mr. Taviti as an enterprising and talented broadcaster who has demonstrated huge potential to lead the national broadcasting service into the future.
“Rani’s appointment is part of VBTC’s commitment to strengthen our service to rural and maritime islands in the Republic in support of Government’s decentralization program.”
Herman says VBTC is finalizing plans of a major capital development project in Northern Vanuatu including reopening of the AM radio service, strengthening the FM radio network, and rolling out its national digital television grid.
“Part of the expansion plans also involves constructing radio and television studio facilities in Luganville to service the Northern provinces.”
Joining Rani will be Pryce Aptvanu (technical) and Premilla Hinge (News) who were all previously based in Port Vila. Further appointments will be made to strengthen the Luganville office as VBTC advances its capital development project.
The appointments take immediate effect.