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October 21, 2021

Tensions within media trusts brought to National Audiovisual Council’s attention

Executives and journalists from Realitatea and Antena 3 were summoned, yesterday, before the National Audiovisual Council (CNA) to account for recent tensions at the two television channels: the pull-out of the talk show “Ora de foc” and the “bodyguards’ scandal” at Realitatea TV, as well as accusations of editorial interference made by the journalist Sorina Matei, who recently left Antena 3.
In the scandal at Realitatea, those summoned at CNA were Sorin Freciu, chairman of Realitatea Media’s BA, the Realitatea TV director Sorin Enache and Sebastian Ghita, Asesoft’s representative at Realitatea, who accused each other of editorial interferences.

When asked, by the CNA members, whether Sorin Ovidiu Vintu had ever interfered in Realitatea TV’s editorial activity, Sorin Freciu and Sorin Enache replied: “Mr. Vintu did not intervene”. “He did intervene in my case,” Sebastian Ghita replied, on the other hand, quoted by Mediafax, also referring to statements made by Vintu in the press in the past days, related to Realitatea Media. At the same time, Ghita stated that his company, Asesoft, had not interfered in any way with the editorial policy. “This contract does not presuppose any kind of editorial intervention, on Asesoft’s part, in the TV station’s activity (…). Our only prerogative is to decide whether we allot or not resources to the company. We want to get it back on its feet,” Ghita argued. Nevertheless, the chairman of the BA, Freciu, called attention to the fact that the decision to pull out the talk show “Ora de foc” “could be considered an intervention in the editorial program” on Sebastian Ghita’s part. “If this company goes under because of an ill-advised decision made by Mr. Ghita, as I consider his decision to pull Oana Stancu, Adrian Ursu and Stelian Tanase out of the program was, I am entitled to ask myself if this company still exists and if I may have to account for this before the shareholders,” Freciu argued.

At the end of the talks at CNA, Sebastian Ghita stated, for the press, that Asesoft wished to continue its contract with Realitatea Media, adding they were even considering replacing the members of the Board of Administration.

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