THE CULTURE and Media Committee published a list of eleven candidates for the post of new general manager of the public-service joint radio and television RTVS. Two of the candidates did not meet the requirements by failing to submit a rap sheet listing, yet the committee has given them until July 30 to deliver them, before the public hearing will take place.
Along with Václav Mika, the former head of Markíza TV other candidates include Jaroslav Rezník, the current head of TASR newswire; former official of the STV Ľubomír Belák; Pavel Jacz, a journalist who produces motor-sport programs; and Margita Repková who previously ran for the position in 2006 and 2010.
The lesser known candidates include Ján Hertel, Jozef Zima, Marcel Dekanovský and Marián Ostatník. Producer Iľja Ruppeldt, who now lives in New Zealand, and former Program Director of STV Štefan Dlugolinský are the two candidates who have yet to submit rap sheet listings, as SITA newswire reported.
The committee announced the elections for the new general manager of RTVS on June 28 after the parliament dismissed the first General Manager, Miloslava Zemková, due to a letter sent by a Slovak citizen living abroad in which he complained about Zemková’s plan to lease new premises for RTVS, which currently operates from two separate buildings. Smer MPs, who have a majority on the committee, voted that Zemková had violated the law because she had not first informed the RTVS Council, the governing body of the broadcaster, of her plan.
Opposition party members in the committee did not vote on Zemková’s dismissal, claiming that it violated the law, and they will also not participate in the vote for the new general manager, according to Pavol Abrhan, the committee member from the Christian Democratic Movement, as quoted by SITA. Zemková filed a complaint about her dismissal to the Constitutional Court for a second time after her first complaint was rejected due to not satisfying all lawful conditions.