New STV chief's background in communist Czechoslovak TV

The April 17 edition of the Sme daily carries a report on the background of the new director-general of the public service broadcaster Slovak Television, Štefan Nižňánsky. According to the report, he was a member of the communist party in the eighties and at the time held an important position in TV. In this role, he decided which news stories conformed to communist ideology, and could thus be broadcast. After the Velvet Revolution, his TV career ended and he became a businessman. The daily reports that Nižňánsky has recently regained a high profile with the help of the ruling coalition party, SMER-SD. SITA

The April 17 edition of the Sme daily carries a report on the background of the new director-general of the public service broadcaster Slovak Television, Štefan Nižňánsky. According to the report, he was a member of the communist party in the eighties and at the time held an important position in TV. In this role, he decided which news stories conformed to communist ideology, and could thus be broadcast. After the Velvet Revolution, his TV career ended and he became a businessman. The daily reports that Nižňánsky has recently regained a high profile with the help of the ruling coalition party, SMER-SD. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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