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STV director says a group wants to get STV2 channel

A certain group is interested in privatising Slovak Television's second channel, public service station STV2, the company's director Richard Rybníček said.

Rybníček said that Tatiana Heldová, the former representative of Satel media, which operated the failed VTV television, is behind the group, daily SME wrote.

The STV director claims that about 10 days ago, lawyers Ján Čarnogurský (former head of the Christian Democratic Movement) and Ján Havlát visited Rybníček and offered almost Sk500 million (€12.1 million) for the rental of the STV2 channel and its airtime.

The group would produce programs and share advertisement revenues with STV.

Rybníček opposes the proposal, considering it an attempt to indirectly privatise STV. Čarnogurský has confirmed for SME that the discussion took place, but refused to reveal the names of his clients.

Heldová denies Rybníček's statements, suggesting that she only prepared a media analysis for potential investors.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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