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September 21, 2020

ActiveWatch: Media content, imposed by the owner

The media content is imposed by the owner, dictated by politicians, paid from public funding and generating blackmail, ActiveWatch reveals in the study ‘The Political Map of Local Televisions’ released on Wednesday at the headquarters of the organization, according to Agerpres. Maria Popa, representative of ActiveWatch, one of the authors of the research, said that, according to the study, as the local press lives off press conferences, official statements and lays itself open to the abuse of public servants, the symbiosis among politics, business and press, engaged in a feudal power system, annihilates the media employees’ ability to collect information. Media employees are, most often, extremely poorly trained, poorly paid and end up adding more income from other activities, the study reveals. The numbers differ from one county to another, but, according to the interviews, a media employee earns on average between RON 600 and 1,500, with very few media employees actually retiring from the press, the study reveals. The document also reads that being captive in a vicious circle of compromise, local TV stations are, most of the time, insignificant audience-wise and lack any credibility, which makes them utterly dependent on the money brought in by the owner and sponsorship from public funding, a.k.a advertising contracts for the local administration or for politicians. The study ‘The Political Map of Local Televisions’ represents an X-ray of the current situation of local TV stations from 15 counties.

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