Ida Talagi-Hekesi will be stepping down from her position as the Chairperson of the Broadcasting Corporation Board at the end of this year.
She told BCN News today that due to her other responsibilities as the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, she has decided to focus on the implementation of the public sector reforms in the new year.
“I hold a number of positions, one of them as the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission. I found that it was getting a bit heavy, the workload is getting a bit heavy for me. I will not do justice to the position of BCN chair if I spread myself thin and not focus as much on BCN as I’ve noticed in the past four to five months”, says Mrs. Talagi-Hekesi.
Ida was appointed as the Chairperson of the BCN Board of Directors in August last year along with Fiafia Rex, Aldric Hipa, Reverend Nuka Tauevihi, Doreen Siataga and Gaylene Tasmania.
Ida Talagi-Hekesi says she will be focusing on rolling out the implementation phase of the government’s organisational restructure of the public service.
Commissioner Talagi-Hekesi says “I’ve got a couple of years to go in this position as Chairperson of the Public service so I want to put some energy and focus into the public service. Our people are the main capital of this country, they are the most important capital for the public service and for the community”.
She says that she is confident that the current BCN Board will continue as normal with Deputy Chairperson Fiafia Rex who will take over in the new year as Chairperson.
Ida says that she is sad not to leave knowing that the renovations of the BCN studios damaged during the 2020 fire are still not completed.
“To the management and staff, I would like to say a big Fakaaue Lahi for the support during my tenure as Chairperson. I’m a little bit sad to be exiting and not be able to complete the renovations work but I will be advocating quite loudly and proudly for BCN.”
Ida Talagi-Hekesi says that she’s aware that most of the work that BCN does as the national broadcaster often goes without so much as a thank you.
“There may be some factions out there in the community with a lot of criticism, but they don’t know the hard work behind the scenes with such a small team”.
The Cabinet is expected to appoint a new member to the BCN Board in the new year.