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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 think STV should broadcast more original Slovak programmes.

An overwhelming majority of 90 percent agree that there should be a public television broadcaster in Slovakia. Half of the respondents consider the main reason for the current wave of criticism against STV is competition between television broadcasters.

According to one of STV's main critics, humorist and actor Milan Markovič, the current STV management are behaving like "drug dealers" when arranging its programme schedule to attract advertisers.

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, a member of the committee for a petition entitled "For the current STV," said: "The public is satisfied with STV as it is now." He added the management just "needs more time".

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