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January 27, 2023

Madalin Voicu, Stelian Tanase’s possible replacement at TVR helm

Parliament’s Culture Commissions rejected on Wednesday the public television’s (TVR) activity report, the decision being adopted with 17 votes in favour and one against. The Commissions’ report will be put up for debate within Parliament’s plenum meeting. A negative vote would result in the sacking of TVR’s Board of Directors and CEO Stelian Tanase.
The audio-visual law stipulates that the rejection of TVR’s activity report leads to the dismissal of TVR’s Board of Directors and CEO, Mediafax informs.
On May 12, the Lower Chamber’s and Senate’s joint Budget and Finances Commissions issued a negative report on the Romanian Public Television’s 2014 budget execution, with 20 votes in favour of the decision and 2 abstentions (from UDMR).
TVR CEO Stelian Tanase sent a letter to Lower Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea, asking Parliament to consider a series of measures that could lead to the safeguarding and guaranteeing of the public television’s economic and political independence, the indexation of the TV tax being one of them.
In his letter, Stelian Tanase asked among other things, the amending of Government Decision 978/2003 concerning the public television service tax, in the sense of updating its stipulations in line with the level of current technological changes and of regulating the procedures concerning the control of the payment of the TV tax, the ascertaining of fines and the application of sanctions and penalties.
Tanase emphasized that TVR will become insolvent in the following months and that its disastrous financial situation cannot be remedied only through its own efforts.
“Without support from state institutions – Government, Parliament, Presidency – the Romanian Television will sooner or later find itself unable to fulfil its public mission,” the letter reads.
Parliament’s proposal for the leadership of TVR will be former PSD Lower Chamber MP Madalin Voicu. Voicu was appointed several weeks ago Romaina’s general consul in Bonn, Germany.
Premier Victor Ponta has revoked Madalin Voicu from that position in order for him to be able to come before Parliament in order to take over TVR. The plan is in advanced stages and TVR’s new Board of Directors, headed by Madalin Voicu, could be voted in next week, according to puterea.ro.

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