SIBC holds low key 69th anniversary celebration
Management and staff of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) this morning held a low-key ceremony at its headquarters in Rove, Honiara to mark its 69th anniversary.
Formerly known as the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service (SIBS), the national broadcaster started in September 1952 as a government information service department. It became SIBC, a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) in 1977.
The low key celebration today included an interfaith service and a staff meeting. The celebration included the cutting of an anniversary cake.
SIBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Johnson Honimae told staff that given the situation that the country is in with the effects of the COVID19 pandemic the Corporation cannot afford to host any big anniversary celebration. Hopefully a bigger celebration will be planned for next year when SIBC marks its 70th anniversary.
Mr Honimae says SIBC has come a long way since its inception as the SIBS.
He says despite the challenges over the years SIBC continues to deliver on its mandate that is to inform, educate and entertain.
SIBC’s CEO Honimae also thanked its listeners and followers scattered throughout the nation, the pacific region and throughout the world for their continuing support over the years. He also thanked current and past staff members, successive management, Boards, the Solomon Islands Government, development partners, stakeholders and the business community for supporting the development of SIBC.
SIBC radio frequency reaches more than 5,000 villages throughout Solomon Islands. It has an active and progressive online presence and runs a weekly TV news bulletin via Our Telekom’s TTV channel with plans to operate its own TV station soon.