Anarchy has broken out at one of Spain‘s public TV stations, with reporters and presenters broadcasting direct attacks against their paymasters, following an announcement of the channel’s closure.
This week the president of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, caused outrage in the south-eastern region when he said he planned to shut down RTVV. Fabra, a member of Spain’s governing People’s party, said the broadcaster was no longer financially viable.
The move will make RTVV the first publicly funded station to fall foul of Spain’s ongoing economic crisis.
Staff at RTVV are now in revolt against their own administration, a startling turnaround from a time when senior journalists suggested a climate of intimidation and political pressure existed there due to the station’s rightwing controllers.
RTVV broadcasts the Canal 9 TV station and Radio 9 in the Valencian language, but despite an annual budget of more than €60m Canal 9 had less than 4% of the audience share, and was seen as little more than a mouthpiece for the regional authorities. It was heavily criticised for its failure to properly investigate a train crash in Valencia in 2006 in which 43 people died.
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