Tonga Broadcasting Commission

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Tonga Broadcasting Commission
Public
Industry Communications Services
Founded 1961
Headquarters Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Key people
Feleti Sevele, Chairman - Board of Directors, 'Elenoa 'Amanaki, General Manager
Products Radio Tonga, Television Tonga
Owner King of Tonga
Number of employees
75
Website http://www.tonga-broadcasting.net

Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) (Tongan : Komisoni Fakamafolalea Tonga) is the first and largest broadcasting station in Tonga, solely owned by the government of Tonga. It operates two free-to-air TV channels (Television Tonga and Television Tonga 2), one AM commercial radio channel (Radio Tonga), one FM commercial radio channel (Kool 90FM), and a 24-hour Radio Australia relay channel (FM103). TBC relies on profits from its TV & radio advertising sales, and from its retail radio shop outlet located in Vava'u. Its retail radio shop in Nukuʻalofa's Central Business District was among the numerous businesses destroyed in the riots of 16 November 2006.

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TBC studios & tower at Fasi-moe-afi, Tonga. TBCstudios.JPG
TBC studios & tower at Fasi-moe-afi, Tonga.


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