The Government of Republic of Macedonia has nothing to do with the appointment of Macedonian Radio Television’s new director. This decision has been made by the old Program Council of the MRT, and the citizens of Republic of Macedonia “know very well, who the members are of that old Council, the way it used to operate and who influenced this appointment,” pointed out the spokesperson of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Mile Boshnjakovski, at a press conference.
“The passing of the new Law on Audiovisual Services will provide new nonpartisan leadership positions both at the Macedonian Radio Television and the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (AAAMS). It means that this appointment remains in force until we pass the law. We will pass the new law soon, and by doing so, this Government will put an end to the practice of non-transparency, it will enable a complete professionalization and de-partisation of the MRT and the Agency,” said the government’s spokesperson.
According to Boshnjakovski, there are chances for the new Law on Audio and Audiovisual Services to be in government’s procedure by the end of the week.
Out of 12 applicants, the current Director of the Macedonian Radio Television (MRT), Marjan Cvetkovski, was reinstated yesterday as the head of the public broadcasting service.
The council published the open competition for the appointment of a new director on 26 January, since Cvetkovski’s old term ends in March.
Cvetkovski has occupied the Director General’s office since 2012. Harun Ibraimi has been appointed as his deputy.
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