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RTVS gets €10 million infusion

CULTURE Minister Daniel Krajcer and Miloslava Zemková, the director general of Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), signed an annex to the contract between the state and the merged public-service radio and television broadcaster that will give an additional €10 million to RTVS, the SITA newswire reported.

CULTURE Minister Daniel Krajcer and Miloslava Zemková, the director general of Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), signed an annex to the contract between the state and the merged public-service radio and television broadcaster that will give an additional €10 million to RTVS, the SITA newswire reported.

These funds are primarily intended for the broadcaster's own productions but RTVS is also allowed to hire some external contractors and make some limited investments.

The ministry's spokeswoman, Eva Chudinová, told SITA that RTVS’s own production will be 55 projects (560 broadcasting hours) with external production of 10 projects (19 hours) worth €500,000 permitted.

The Culture Ministry is also preparing a second grant worth €8 million, SITA reported, of which €2 million is planned for external productions and €6 million for investments by RTVS.

One of the conditions for external productions will be international co-production. All programmes must be original productions in the public interest, the ministry said.

Chudinová also stated that the ministry has created an audit group that will check how funds granted in 2010 were used, adding that there are indications that some projects did not use the funds efficiently and effectively.

“The 2011 amendment came into existence after complicated negotiations by both parties and, in spite of the current situation at RTVS caused by the former management, we have to conclude that the 2011 amendment will provide for continuous production,” Chudinová stated, as quoted by SITA.


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