An early morning fire at the Broadcasting Corporation of Niue has destroyed the studios inside the building.
A radio announcer who arrived at the office for her early radio morning show found the studio rooms and the TV Operation room engulfed and raised the alarm.
Firefighters arrived at the scene after 6 this morning and managed to contain the fire inside.
The TV studio and editing room have been badly damaged by the fire.
The radio studio has also been affected. The library and archives are intact but smoke and soot had infiltrated the room.
The Fire and Rescue Services are still at the scene and investigations will continue. It’s suspected that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring and would’ve started sometime in the early hours of the morning.
The BCN news team have relocated to one of the offices at the Emergency Operations Centre. The technicians and camera crew are trying to determine what equipment if any can be salvaged from the building.
BCN General Manager Trevor Tiakia is still at the scene trying to assess the damages.
The fire could not have happened at a worse time when Niue is in the middle of an election to be held on Saturday 30th May.
BCN had started an extensive news coverage and were to start a televised Q and A segments to begin tomorrow both on Radio and TV Niue. TV Niue and Radio Sunshine have suspended services until further notice.