TVL to sponsor FIFA World Cup broadcast in Vanuatu

The handover of the sponsorship cheque from TVL to VBTC.
The handover of the sponsorship cheque from TVL to VBTC.

TELECOM Vanuatu Limited (TVL) has handed over VT two million to the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) for the exclusive television broadcast in Vanuatu of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

TVL is now the major sponsor announced by VBTC this morning along with Wilco Hardware and Colgate Palmolive as associated sponsors.

VBTC CEO Francis Herman has also announced this morning the arrival of television transmitters for areas outside of Port Vila and Luganville.

He said arrangements have been made for three transmitters to go to Malakula, Ambae and Tanna before the FIFA World Cup begins.

“The signal for TBV transmission will be expanded to areas outside of Port Vila and Luganville in time for the opening ceremony of the FIFA world Cup,” he said.

VBTC has secured the exclusive television broadcast rights for the Vanuatu territory to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in August and the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in November.

TVL CEO Divik Deo (right) and VBTC's Francis Herman at the news conference to announce the sponsorship.
TVL CEO Divik Deo (right) and VBTC’s Francis Herman at the news conference to announce the sponsorship.

TVL CEO Divik Deo said this morning that they are very excited to be the major sponsors.

“It gives us immense pleasure to bring the World Cup together with our partners, VBTC, live and direct from Russia, to this soccer-crazy nation,” he said.

“From the north to the south, living rooms to nakamals, in buses and cars, the people of Vanuatu from all walks of life will join in excess of 3.5 billion people around the world to celebrate the most widely viewed sporting event on the face of the planet.’’

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be in Russia from the June 15-July 16, VBTC will be the only broadcaster in Vanuatu legally licensed to transmit live coverage of the three FIFA World Cup event happening this year.

Mr Herman said the coverage on radio is allowed on all radio stations in Vanuatu willing to broadcast the event live.

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