When Bougainville President Joseph Kabui unexpectedly died last Saturday, the recently established Buka radio station, New Dawn FM, went to air with live coverage at six o’clock in the morning airing appeals for calm from the Acting President John Tabinaman and former Bougainville Governor John Momis, now PNG ambassador to China.
People were surprised that we could go to air live during times of emergencies such as this. The local government station was not able to carry out a broadcast.
The late President's body will be flown to Port Moresby on a charter and will return to Bougainville for burial later this week. I will cover the activities and will travel with the group to Port Moresby and back. Another live broadcast will be made from Port Moresby from where we will broadcast a requiem mass where dignitaries will pay their last tributes.
ASOPA PEOPLE habitués Martin Hadlow, Phil Charley and Keith Jackson assisted New Dawn FM secure international funding to get on the air.