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New LTV board member refuses to step down in spite of pressure

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn spite of recent pressure from journalists and politicians towards the newly-elected board of Latvian Television, specifically in regards to members’ non-compliance with specified requirements, the new chairman of the board Einārs Giels does not plan to step down and says he can deal with his duties.

Commenting on the request voiced by Latvian Journalists Association, journalists, as well as the request from the National Electronic Mass Media Council to hold another personnel selection process, Giels said in an interview to Latvijas Radio on 4 April that he never once considered stepping down and that he has full confidence in his ability to lead LTV.

Without a doubt, working in a situation when LTV employees are against him will be difficult. «It will be difficult convincing colleagues of my abilities and create for them a beneficial, independent environment, as well as funding for development. I want to be their colleague, not their boss,» said the new chairman of LTV.

Commenting on journalist Gundars Rēders’ personal announcement during Viens pret vienu show, urging National Electronic Mass Media Council to review results of the personnel selection process, Giels said voicing personal opinions in a public media is a violations of the code of ethics. He plans to discuss this with the journalist after his approval in the new post 15 April.

He also said the invitation by political parties to review results of the personnel selection process represents political pressure, which is unacceptable. Political parties, however, have not invited him for discussions. Giels adds he has never been a member in any political parties.

LTV board chairman stresses that his first order of business will be internal audit in order to assess the ability to optimize funding and invest more money towards improvement of technologies.

Last week, Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council decided to approve Einārs Giels, who is a marketing data analyst for Latvian pharmaceutical manufacturer Olainfarm, as the new chairman for LTV. The council also approved CEO of XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration Eva Juhņēviča as LTV board member for digital development and content affairs. Neither of them has any experience working in the media sector.

Latvian Journalists Association has asked National Electronic Mass Media Council to cancel the decision regarding the approval of new board members in LTV and organize a repeated personnel selection process. The association believes the board members picked by the council do not meet requirements of such high posts. «The chosen board chairman has no tangible management experience and the board member responsible for content development does not have any kind of experience working in media, which is something that was deemed as vitally important for potential applicants,» says the association.


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