No denial to TV news access says Pacific Games broadcaster

Samoa's public have not been receiving televised news footage from the Pacific Games despite being the host country.

Local news networks said they'd been shut out by the host broadcaster and the local licence holder who in turn said, it was not the case.

Government owned TV1 said licence holder TV3 and host broadcaster MMG had shut out local news content through onerous broadcast fees and conditions on using games footage.

Conditions included charging local stations $US750 for three minutes of daily content which cannot be used until two hours after the event.

A revised offer including 55 minutes of daily highlights free was rejected as it could not be used until 24 hours after release.

No recorded games footage has been shown on local television news.

However, both the host broadcaster and the broadcasting minister say there are no restrictions for accredited local television journalists recording and interviewing at the games for their networks' news.

Minister Afamasaga Lepuia'i Rico Tupa'i said the only restrictions on television networks is on broadcasting live from games' venues.