PRODUCER APOLOGISES TO ALL FIJIANS, FBC
The producer of a FBC programme, Wasea Bhasha, has apologised for remarks that have upset many people. Nemani Bainivalu said: “Recently as part of my show on Wasea Bhasha while giving examples of conversational Fiji Hindi and iTaukei, I put together a few sentences that invariably hurt the sentiments of many and offended.” “As the producer and creator of the show, I take full responsibility for this and I would like to assure all viewers of Wasea Bhasha that I did not mean to be deliberately malicious with the content of my show against any individual or any group. “The fact that the examples within the lesson I gave has hurt some of you is sincerely regretted and I take full responsibility for this and I assure you that this will not be repeated again. “In hindsight, this was a lax oversight on my part and was sincerely not intended to cause any offence. I have been given the responsibility by the FBCTV management as a scholar because of my expertise to formulate the language lessons on my show. “The FBC has always been the first and in many cases the only media organisation in Fiji to champion the cause of national unity and common identity.” He said in his enthusiasm to create more material for his show he had recently given conversational examples that has caused offence and hurt.
He said this was in total contradiction to the intention of FBC as a national broadcaster. He apologised to FBC and to all Fijians. He assured it would not happen again. The comments in question made reference to the iTaukei.