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Leadership of Pacificís largest media body changed hands
10:24 pm GMT+12, 10/05/2018, Tonga

Leadership of the Pacific’s largest media body, PINA has changed hands with the stepping down of Moses Stevens from Vanuatu at the 5th Pacific Media Summit.

Stevens handed over the reigns to newly elected president of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Kora Nou.

Nou is the Managing Director of Papua New Guinea’s National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). He won the presidency with 18 votes, way ahead of the two contenders from Palau, Leilani Reklai and Moses Uludong.

Both are publishers of their own respective newspapers.

Vice President of PINA is Katolina Tohi, General Manager of Broadcom, a commercial radio station in Tonga. She is one of four Tongan representatives that got elected into the PINA board today.

The others are George Lavaka of Broadcom who is the radio representative, Viola Ulakai of Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) who is the television rep and Iliesa Tora as the online Media rep.

Tora runs his online newspaper in Tonga. Other new executive members of PINA include Hilda Lamani of Solomon Islands as the print media nominee and Stanley Simpson of Fiji as the national media association rep.

PINA members also voted to endorse Solomon Islands bid to host the next summit in 2020. Submitted by the Media Association of Solomon Islands, the bid to host was boosted by a letter of support from the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Rex Houepwela.

PINA’s 5th Pacific Media Summit concludes in Nuku’alofa today. The new executives term is for two years.

SOURCE: ISLANDS BUSINESS/PACNEWS
 


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