LTV offers explanation for Russia Today broadcast from studio

The recent tele-link from LTV studios to Russia Today was able to happen because a single employee in charge of leasing equipment made the decision. The LTV board and management of News Service said it only learned about the broadcast on March 15, a day after it took place.

LTV says it has received explanation from the responsible employees and that decisions are to follow in the coming days.

In an announcement to the press, board member Ivars Priede stressed that this will in no way affect LTV content as only studio equipment has been used.

LTV explained that the employee in charge of letting studios and equipment to third parties was approached by Russia Today on March 12 and accepted the offer without following standard procedure. The broadcast took place March 14 but the agreement had not arrived to the LTV board by late March 15.

"This was not supposed to happen. LTV's reputation and trustability has suffered as in-house principles of operation have been violated. This extraordinary and impermissible event has revealed shortcomings in the employees' understanding of their jurisdiction and level of responsibility," said Priede.

Priede also apologized to the public on behalf of LTV and repeated that additional checks are to be set in place to prevent cases of unwanted third parties using LTV services.

The matter is to be discussed at the Saeima, and Latvia's interior police force, the State Security Service, said cases like these are unacceptable and pose risks to Latvia’s media environment.

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