Over the weekend there have been numerous posts on social media that Fiji TV Management will undergo changes as Khaiyum - through Fijian Holdings Ltd chief executive Nousab Fareed - directs the purge of Fiji TV personnel.
Coupfourpointfive has established the following after monitoring posts and speaking to our sources.
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This was conveyed to the Fiji TV chief executive Tarun Patel by Fareed. Sources close to the media industry say Patel is believed to have held a meeting with his senior staff/management and reported the development to them.
We have established that Fareed told Patel that if Fiji TV wants its licence to be permanent instead of the current 6 month extension, then Leweni must be appointed news manager. Sources add the idea for the appointment came from Aiyaz Khaiyum, who is in regular contact with Fareed.
C4.5 knows that Leweni has been back in Fiji from Beijing for about a month and is on what is apparently pre-retirement leave. He has no experience in the media industry, although he was once the Information Permanent Secretary and enforced censorship after the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution.
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They've disclosed, too, that Fareed has also stated that Fiji TV's legal manager, Tanya Waqanika, is no longer needed as the Fijian Holdings Ltd will assume the legal work required for the station. She is expected to be made redundant soon.
Our sources say Khaiyum will eventually make Fiji TV a state television broadcaster and merge it with FBC TV - to be headed by his younger brother Riyaz Khaiyum, who would eventually run Fiji TV in future.
This plan seems to be gathering momentum as Fareed is believed to have told Patel that he is now required to have regular meetings with Riyaz Khaiyum about broadcast issues and that FBC must be given the same rights to events that Fiji TV has had exclusively.
Sources say this means that Fiji TV will cover local events live but transmit its signal to FBC TV, which will air the event live at no expense to it.