Asia Pacific Media Educator


While the impacts of first world media on the cultures and institutions of developing nations have been well documented, the efforts of indigenous peoples to adapt the technologies and methods of television production to the development of an independent voice for local and regional broadcasting have received little attention. This paper will address issues faced in the transfer of television production methods and infrastructure, with examples drawn from the author’s work in Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Vanuatu and Fiji, and argues for a paradigm shift in media education and development to recognise the inter-relationships between culture, program production and broadcasting.