Media council member for public television steps down

Gints Grūbe, member of the advisory National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) announced his resignation Thursday.

As he has been offered several opportunities to take part in the production of certain film projects, Grūbe said he doesn’t see that he can combine this creative work with his duties on the NEPLP.

“I’m pleased with what has been achieved under my supervision as Latvian Television’s curator, about the growth in content and quality leadership that the viewers have recognized, and that we made these changes in a comparatively short period of time,” he said.

“The same goes for the public broadcasting concept document, which involved research into the current situation, a summary of best practices abroad – this is the most serious study ever conducted into Latvia’s public media and forms the basis for their development in the near future. I hope the political will to follow through with it will remain,” Grūbe said, referring to the eventual unification of the public radio and television networks into a single entity, also to include the LSM news portal.

Grūbe’s specific assignment on the NEPLP was oversight of the public television sector.

Saeima, which appoints all the members of the Council, must still rule on whether to approve or reject Grūbe’s voluntary resignation.

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