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TASR's new general director takes his post

Jaroslav Rezník, the former head of the state-owned Slovak radio (SRo), officially took over as general director of the country's press agency Tlačová Agentúra Slovenskej Republiky (TASR) on April 12.

Rezník replaces Peter Nedavaska, who resigned from the post on March 30.

The new director was introduced to his function by Culture Minister Marek Maďarič. During the ceremony, Maďarič pointed out that the government wants to enhance TASR's position and thus he will be working together with the new director in helping to achieve that objective. At the same time, Maďarič thanked Nedavaska for his work over the past five years.

Commenting on the new law on the status of TASR being prepared by the Culture Ministry, Rezník said he will personally enforce the idea of creating a press agency that functions as a national public information institution.

As early as April 5, shortly after being appointed to the post, Rezník said his priorities included preparing new products and achieving better management of resources. He said in the future, services in the public interest could be covered by contributions from the state budget, amounting to 10 to 20 percent of the TASR budget, while the rest would be covered by the agency's own revenues.

Rezník was the SRo's general director from 1997 to 2005. More recently, he was with the Culture Ministry in the media and audiovisual section.

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