PM Radičová announces that Slovakia’s public-service TV and radio will merge

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) revealed after a Coalition Council session on the evening of October 11that to resolve the problematic situation in public-service Slovak Television (STV) a merger with Slovak Radio (SRo) is necessary, the TASR newswire wrote. Radičová indicated that the whole project should be launched in January assuming that no problems in the legislative process occur.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) revealed after a Coalition Council session on the evening of October 11that to resolve the problematic situation in public-service Slovak Television (STV) a merger with Slovak Radio (SRo) is necessary, the TASR newswire wrote.

Radičová indicated that the whole project should be launched in January assuming that no problems in the legislative process occur.

"STV has been repeatedly facing debts; but this would be a minor problem if the public-service television was meeting its main role ... Trojka (Channel 3) isn't broadcasting live sports events. Especially when we wanted to watch the (EURO 2012 qualifying) football (match) against Armenia, it was a private broadcaster (TV Markíza) that aired it. This obviously isn't okay," said Radičová, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that STV has too few original programmes and too many contracts with external firms.

Radičová said Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer (SaS) will be preparing a draft of legislation to tackle the current situation within a week.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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