As if the chronic bias of the Fiji Times isn’t bad enough, the national broadcaster, FBC, conspires against the readers of its news website by making them search for stories in an avalanche of commercials.
Mahendra Chaudhry makes an important point about the Prime Minister’s selective approach to the Constitution. Grubsheet said the same thing five days ago in our posting “When the shoe fits only when it suits”.
But here’s a challenge, Readers. Go try and find the detail of Chaudhry’s criticism in the body of the FBC story. It’s buried in a whole lot of commercials selling power tools, chicken coops and granny flats.
FBC is owned by the Fijian people and much of its funding comes from the taxpayer. We understand the need for it to raise further revenue from commercial sources. But is it too much to ask it to keep these ads out of the body of its stories?
If the other commercial broadcaster, CFL-Fiji Village, can do so, why can’t FBC News? The whole thing is becoming a disincentive to visiting the FBC News website.
If anyone likes the challenge of digging for news in a chicken coop, then FBC is the place for you. But it’s enough of a challenge already for most people to dig through the chicken shit that passes for “news” in Fiji without having it rubbed in our faces by the taxpayer-funded FBC.
FOOTNOTE: Would someone at the Fiji Sun please explain why having paid my subscription, I have had the front page for the past two days but no other content? Yes, blank pages for the rest of the paper.
If it’s a technical fault, at least inform readers what is happening.