Deputy Iulian Bulai, chairman of the House Culture Committee, told RFI that the current heads of Romanian Television and the Romanian Broadcasting Company have no legitimacy and must step down. He stressed that the activity reports of the two institutions will soon be discussed in the Parliament and that the future managers do not have to be politicians, according to News.ro.
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The USR deputy accused the politicization and the lack of transparency on public television and state radio.
Iulian Bulai stated that the activity reports of TVR and SRR will be debated soon: “The debate will take place as soon as possible. We must first receive this opinion on these reports, from the Committee on Budgets and Finance, in order to have the whole parliamentary procedure in order and so that this system and this decision cannot be further challenged. That is why we are waiting for the budget to pass and to start the debate on these reports. If the budget is delayed, I do not see anything in the way of starting a debate and a discussion on the reports from TVR and SRR “.
The chairman of the Culture Committee, who has been criticizing the SRTV and SRR leadership for several years, stressed that “they have to leave without legitimacy”. “I maintain these opinions, even if I am now the chairman of this commission (…). The lack of legitimacy comes from subsequent decisions in recent years. Lack of transparency. There is a great lack of transparency in television and public radio. To give you just a trivial example, from two weeks ago: a commission of inquiry is set up and Mrs. Gradea (president and general manager of TVR, no.) Threatens to sue those who revealed the sources of a cleaning contract and that it obliges the publication that made this contract public should disclose its sources, otherwise it will be sued ”.
Iulian Bulai also accused the poor management of the TVR budget and the lack of journalistic performances: “Every year, in the last three years, the TVR budget, in the Parliament when it was voted, came with 10% less, because Mrs. Gradea Instead of spending the income from advertising, advertising, he declared them a profit, he did not spend them, the Ministry of Finance withdrawing this amount. They, as a result of this decision to brave, as Public Television makes a profit, is by no means at a loss has led to a consistent annual decrease of 10% of TVR’s budget in the last three years (…). Public Television does not aim for this, it does not have to make a profit, it is a matter of luxury for every employee and journalist to get to a place where they do not have to make a profit, they have to create appropriate editorial content, they have to do public information, can make quality entertainment, education and information programs, but should not make a profit, this is the last goal that TVR had (…). Not to mention the fact that in the last three years, TVR has done little to no breaking news, no news assumed for the first time by a media institution with 2,200 employees and another 300 employees and a huge budget of 80 million annual euro ”.
Bulai also stated that he does not want politicians at the head of TVR and SRR: “I want a professional. If he were a politician, we would do nothing other than what PSD did with Mr. Georgica Severin. I don’t want a politician, because he lacks legitimacy “.
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