Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - NEMANI DELAIBATIKI Edited by Maraia Vula

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.

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