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STV boss against selling channel 2

A CERTAIN group is interested in privatizing the public broadcaster Slovak Television's second channel, STV2, suspects the company's director Richard Rybníček.

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

Rybníček said that about 10 days ago, lawyers, former Justice Minister Ján Čarnogurský, and businessman Ján Havlát visited him and offered almost Sk500 million (€12.1 million) for renting STV2 and its airtime.

The proposal stated that the group would produce programs and share advertisement revenues with STV.

Rybníček sees it as an attempt to indirectly privatize STV2.

Čarnogurský confirmed that the meeting took place, but refused to reveal the names of his clients.

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

On October 14, the STV Council, which oversees the operation of the public broadcaster, failed to recall Rybníček. The no-confidence proposal was submitted by the council chairman.

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