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Rusko's people leaving TV Markíza

PEOPLE close to Pavol Rusko have left TV Markíza immediately after the former Economy Minister lost his influence in the TV station.

Peter Višváder stepped down from the post of Editor-in-Chief of the station’s news department. Stanislav Pavlík, the former head of the news centre also lost his post and as of now is only responsible for sports. Rusko's wife Viera Rusková, the editor of the main news programme Televízne noviny, left as well, the SME daily reported.

The general director of the station, Vladimír Repčík, will temporarily step in for Višváder. Just who will replace Repčík will be discussed after the Slovak antitrust authority, Protimonopolný úrad, approves the takeover of Markíza by US firm Central European Media Enterprises.

According to the daily, however, an expert from the Czech Republic is already being considered to take over Repčík’s current role.

CME so far did not say anything about whether individual reporters will also be replaced.

According to Valéria Agócs, the head of the Slovak council for broadcasting and retransmission, the US owners will give the reporters a chance "to prove their loyalty and professionalism".

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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