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Poll: STV broadcasting has improved

AROUND 67 percent of viewers feel the quality of public TV broadcasting has improved. The figure comes from a telephone survey of 500 people conducted by Markant for the daily SME.

However, 69 percent of respondents said STV should broadcast more original Slovak programmes.

An overwhelming majority of people (90 percent) agreed there should be a public television broadcaster in Slovakia. Half of the respondents considered the main reason for the current wave of criticism against STV to be competition between the television stations.

According to one of the main critics, humorist and actor, Milan Markovič, the current STV management are behaving like a "drug dealer" when offering its programmes. A drug dealer first offers a drug to a potential client and then he wants the client to pay saying the people want it.

Bohumír Bobocký, a member of the STV council, said: "The crucial thing is not the fact that STV has a bigger share of the advertising market but whether STV is fighting with the competition legally. STV breaks the rules of the dual system (broadcasting on two channels)."

On the other hand, Vladimír Dolinay who signed an appeal entitled "For the current STV" said: "The public is satisfied with STV as it is now," and added the management just needs more time".

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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