Parliament Oks the new head of public television. Discontent among TVR employees

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The Parliament on Tuesday voted Irina Radu as the new president-general director of TVR, Romanian public television, by 304 votes to 8.

The plenum sitting was attended by 230 deputies and 82 senators, with Liberals boycotting the vote.

Irina Radu was heard by the Culture parliamentary committees on Monday, at the Social Democrat Party’s proposal, although she was not endorsed by the TVR managing board, which had supported Monica Ghiurco instead for this position. However, the joint parliamentary committees vetoed Monica Ghiurco and Okayed Irina Radu.

The National Liberal Party challenged the vote, accusing PSD of breaking the Romanian Television Corporation law that stipulates that the president of the institution must be elected at the proposal of the TVR managing board. Liberals also announced they would challenge the plenum decision at the Constitutional Court.

PNL argued in the plenum sitting that they would not attend “an illegal vote”, while asking for the sitting’s adjournment for lack of quorum.

Spontaneous protest among TVR employees

Tens of TVR employees came out in the institution’s courtyard on Tuesday after the Parliament Oked Irina Radu as the new manager, expressing their discontent againts the way the voting procedure had taken place in the committees and in the Parliament’s plenary sitting. The protesters are Monica Ghiurco’s supporters.

It’s the second protest staged at TVR office in less than a month. Hundreds of employees protested and expressed support for Ghiurco on April 18.

Who is Irina Radu?

Irina Radu had provided the interim leadership of the public television after Stelian Tanase has been sacked.

She was programme manager with TVR since 2013 up to the present. She was also heading TVR1 since 2004 to 2006, and interim head of TVR2 for a short period of time and director of the Special Events department.

Radu was general producer of the Golden Stag music festival in 2000 and 2001 and the director of the festival in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

She was newsreader at TVR, editor-in-chief of the News department and of the Children-Youth staff.

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