Samoa is to have a television channel dedicated to broadcasting parliamentary proceedings and publicising government reforms and initiatives.

It will be part of the country‘s recently approved digital television initiative.

Cabinet has given the rights to develop the new platform to a local company after a tender process attracted two bids.

Prime Minister Tuila‘epa Sa‘ilele Malielegaoi says the digital platform will bring television to every corner of Samoa including parts that currently can‘t receive it.

He says privately owned broadcasters can link to the government‘s digital platform to improve their coverage.

Tuilaepa says the platform will create a level playing field for all media outlets that should mean affordable charges for public notices, a parmount aim of the cabinet.