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Latvijas Radio employees call for a repeated selection of a new сhairman

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEmployees of Latvijas Radio have sent an open letter to high-rank Latvian officials, asking to organize a repeated selection of a new Chairman. In the letter, they note the lack of work experience of the newly-selected Chairman – Aldis Paulins – in the field of media.

«Two weeks have passed since the National Electronic Mass Media Council (Council) organized the selection process for the posts of board members of Latvijas Radio. Results of the selection process have caused a certain degree of shock and dismay. However, upon learning additional information about its organization and the new board’s view on the future of Latvijas Radio, or rather the lack of it, it has been concluded that the Council’s actual goal – finding the strongest possible leaders for Latvijas Radio – has not been achieved.»

The letter written by employees of Latvijas Radio has been sent to the State President, Saeima Chairwoman, Saiema Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee, Prime Minister, Culture Minister, Latvian Journalists Association and other related parties.

«We believe the choice of the new Chairman for Latvijas Radio, which is described in the Council’s decision Nr. 254 of December 22nd, 2014, is neither transparent nor democratic. IN the third stage of the candidate selection process, Aldis Paulins was proposed as one of the two potential candidates for the post of Latvijas Radio’s board member in programme development matters. However, this post was given to Sigita Kirilika with a majority of votes from the Council. Two candidates were proposed for the post of Chairman of the board – Janis Siksnis and Vita Terauda. Only after the Council’s inability to confirm either of them was Aldis Paulins proposed again. He then received unanimous support from the Council.

The Council’s motivation behind suddenly changing its mind and approving a candidate who was previously regarded as too weak is also unclear. Neither Janis Siksnis nor Vita Terauda had known about the second selection process. They had only found out about it after the Council’s decision to elect Aldis Paulins,» – as noted in the letter.

It is also mentioned in the letter that «it remain unclear what Aldis Paulins’ vision actually is and what are the goals the Council so eagerly expects the new Chairman to accomplish. Neither once did Paulins manage to answer any of the questions he was asked during the last couple of meetings.»

Authors of the letter remind that management over Latvijas Radio has always been entrusted to professionals of the industry. One of the most important aspects for personnel selection in this field has been work experience in radio or other media related position. «We do not claim this to be an unwritten law for management selection, but we do believe that such characteristics play an important role in securing stability, independence and development for Latvijas Radio,» – as said by authors of the letter.

«The aforementioned facts regarding the selection process, the lack of experience of Mr. Paulins in the field of media and the unclear position and views on the role and goals of public media only serve to demonstrate that he was chosen not as the strongest, but as the most appropriate for the Council. Respectively – the selection process did not conclude with the election of the best possible Chairman for Latvijas Radio.» – as concluded in the letter.

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