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Hríb fired from STV

ŠTEFAN Hríb, the presenter of Pod Lampou (Under the lamp light), the popular Thursday night talk show broadcast by public Slovak television (STV), has been fired.

STV's new director, Radim Hreha, confirmed for the Hospodárske noviny daily that "Hríb lost our trust and has discredited the format".

On January 11, Hríb finished the show prematurely. The reason for the move was the fact that his guests, who were invited to talk about "the living and inanimate", decided that they did not want to discuss the issue on a television station that was "not free".

At the beginning of the show, Hríb had invited former STV colleague and well-known Slovak investigative reporter Eurgen Korda to participate in the discussion. Korda was fired from his job at STV last week allegedly due to some mistakes that he had made during the production of his "Reportéri" investigative TV show. Korda insisted, however, that when Hreha gave him notice, the new STV general director had said that it was because he was under certain political pressures and therefore had to release Korda. Hreha has denied the accusation.

Critics have objected that if Hríb invited Korda to his show, he should have also invited Hreha to present his side of the story. At the same time, they criticized Hríb for stopping the show early and causing complications for those responsible for the broadcast program.

This Thursday, Hreha, Hríb, Korda, and several other former STV employees who argue they were fired due to political reasons should be meeting on Pod Lampou to discuss the situation.

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