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Burkovskis may become new head of TV3 news service; conflict of interests denied

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Management over combined TV3 news service has been offered to the current head of LNT analytical programme LNT TOP 10 News Haralds Burkovskis, as confirmed by Burkovskis.

He does not deny having had a conversation with the company’s management on taking charge over a specific post. He did not provide a clear answer, however.

«I cannot deny I find the offer attractive. However, whether I am prepared to accept it – I have to think because the situation is not simple,» said the journalist.

According to him, no specific term has been provided to him. Burkovskis has decided for himself that he wants to first close his programme before tackling any new initiatives. Currently it is planned that LNT TOP 10 News will remain active until 1 December, which means there will be at least three more shows.

When asked about his suitability for the post, Burkovskis says many years ago he was in charge of Latvijas Radio News Service and he has no doubts about his ability to work with people, because he has experience working in other forms of media.

It is hard to make the decision because of moral considerations, however. «I am distraught over this situation, in which decisions were made over which we’ve had no influence and which still affect the channel’s format, the transition to a new channel and the people with whom I’ve worked 13 years. It is morally hard to decide – can I really do it,» said the journalist.

When asked if his previous work experience in public relations and work with politicians could inhibit his ability to manage the news service, Burkovskis said no, explaining that he has told all of his customers, including politicians, that he will continue providing consultations for as long as they are in the same space.

«When I close the door, my opinion about them does not change, and if there is a reason, I may also criticize them,» said Burkovskis.

In conclusion Burkovskis said he intends to rethink the situation next week, when he will be away on a visit to another country.

Burkovskis was once the head of Latvijas Radio News Service, LNT programme Latvia, Europe, World, as well as SEB Unibanka’s public relations specialist. In 2005, he stood candidate for the post of director general of Latvijas Radio.

Since 2007 Burkovskis has been in charge of LNT analytical programme LNT TOP 10 News. He also owns SIA H2B consultancy firm company.

As previously reported, All Media Baltics group has plans to focus on TV3 brand from December onwards, as well as add changes to the portfolio of the television channel. Additionally, LNT television channel will no longer continue operating in its current form. Expansion of the news volume supplied by TV3 is intended to be implemented using LNT news service’s content. The media group also plans to create a unified news service.

The media has also started laying off employees. According to information from LETA, it is planned to lay off at least 30 employees following reorganization. Nevertheless, All Media Baltics representative Alise Mališko says that the media group has commenced talks with TV3 and LNT news service teams. Because of that, it would not be correct to name the exact number of people to be laid off.

More on this topic: All Media Baltics to liquidate LNT news service; to work with TV3 brand instead

Meanwhile, Latvia’s Culture Ministry has asked the National Electronic Mass Media Council to voice its opinion on the planned merging of news services of LNT and TV3, as confirmed by Culture Ministry’s representative Lita Kokale.

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