EMTV turns 30 – and captures a slice of PNG history


Serah Aupong’s report on the EMTV milestones. Video: EMTV

By Serah Aupong of EMTV News in Port Moresby

While Papua New Guineans know of EMTV, many do not know how it started.

From a community television programme and children’s show Kids Kona, a television station grew.

This 6min video story looks at EMTV milestones and the parts of PNG history that it has captured since it was launched in July 1987.

In an effort to get the public behind the new TV channel as a public broadcaster, display screens were set up in markets around Port Moresby.

Tania Nugent, presenter of Kids Kona in the beginning, went on to work for the ABC and is now back with EMTV as a consultant.

She tells how the first programme and news went to air being produced in apartment rooms in Garden City as the broadcast studio was not ready.

“One of the bedrooms was used as the news desk, and one of the other bedrooms was used at the Kids Kona desk, while the lounge as used as the control room,” says Nugent.

“And the news was put together in the Six Mile office … and the news editors would have to rush from Six Mile to here to get the news to air in time for 6 o’clock at night.

” And sometimes we really cut it fine.”

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