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STV crisis lingers while Hreha undergoes rehabilitation

On August 13, the Sme daily wrote that the head of the STV news reporting Ján Šmihula still holds his post despite promises from STV Director General Radim Hreha to resolve the crisis that has paralysed that section of the broadcaster.

Reporters have been leaving STV in droves over the last few weeks due to alleged political interference. In the meantime, Hreha has reportedly been unavailable to resolve the situation because he is still undergoing rehabilitation from a motorcycle accident in May. The situation came to a head recently as the news desk staff threatened to quit if Šmihula is not sacked.

On the same day, the Hospodárske Noviny daily published a brief interview with Stanislava Benická, the journalist Hreha picked to help him stabilise the situation, who said Šmihula should quit if he does not have the trust of his people. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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