Latvian Television's program developer kept in place

The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) will keep board member Sergejs Ņesterovs in charge of program development at Latvian Television (LTV) for five more years, reported LSM Tuesday.

The board of the NEPLP voted three to two to keep Sergejs Ņesterovs in his position. The other candidate was Kristaps Valdnieks, a TV show producer while the third contender was Jana Semjonova, program director at LTV.

After being interviewed by the NEPLP board, he said that his priorities will be reaching the younger viewers and the Russian-speaking population of Latvia, as well as developing online content.

Ņesterovs' performance was previously criticized by the LTV trade union for perceived lack of transparency.

Of the three television's board members, Ņesterovs and LTV boss Ivars Belte have been re-confirmed in their positions, while the term of office runs out April 8 for Māris Skujiņš, responsible for financial and technological matters. 

As well as acting as a watchdog with the power to take action if illegal or inappropriate material is broadcast, NEPLP is also in overall charge of the funding of public broadcasting in Latvia, including Latvian Television, Latvian Radio and the LSM news portals in Latvian, Russian and English.

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