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STV director bows out early

THE DIRECTOR of Slovak Television (STV), the country's public broadcaster, is leaving his post early for another lucrative position.

Richard Rybníček, whose contract ends in January 2007, will leave the station as of July 10, saying he considers its restructuring complete. Branislav Zahradník and Ľubor Košút, who currently serve as the PR and marketing directors, respectively, will take over, the Pravda daily wrote.

Rybníček confirmed that he would be taking a new position as head of a new digital TV station in the Czech Republic, TV Febio, which will broadcast in Slovakia as well.

Rybníček took the STV job in 2003 and became the first director of the public broadcaster to dare a major reform of the institution. Despite his efforts, however, STV still faces a potential financial collapse as the result of court verdicts on breach-of-contract cases that go back to previous STV managements.

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