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New Unity casts doubt on tender for LTV board

The law has been broken in the tender for the board of the Latvian public television (LTV) organized by the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), said New Unity leader Arvils Aseradens after meeting NEPLP head Dace Kezbere.

The politician said that Kezbere’s explanations on the tender procedure and the selected candidates were unconvincing and “very weak”. He said that New Unity’s faction has not been convinced that the best candidates had been selected.

“We have expressed a request to revise the tender results and annul them,” said Aseradens.

Earlier NEPLP decided to appoint Elmars Giels, Olainfarm marketing and sales data analyst as board chairman at LTV. Meanwhile, Eva Juhnevica, the executive director of the XXVI Nationwide Song and XVI Dance Celebration, has been appointed to the position of a board member in charge of digital development and contents.

The Latvian Association of Journalists has called on NEPLP to annul the decision and announce a new tender. The association believes that the selected board members do not meet the tender requirements. “The selected board chairman does not have any significant management experience, while the member in charge of contents has no experience in the work of mass media, which earlier had been named as a necessary requirement,” the association said.

The New Conservative Party (JKP) plans to ask the Saeima Media Policy Subcommittee to annul the results of a tender to fill vacancies on the LTV board and to look into lawfulness of the NEPLP decisions about participants of the tender. Meanwhile, other politicians said that the Saeima has no rights to make decision on LTV board tender results.

As reported by LSM, the previous LTV head, Ivars Belte, was unexpectedly dismissed at the end of 2018.

LSM is part of the same organization as LTV and Latvian Radio, overseen by NEPLP.

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