Ministry official to head state-owned Radio and Television Center

From September 2 Edmunds Beļskis, an official at the Environment Ministry, will head the Latvian State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC), the Transport Ministry said August 30. 

Meanwhile the temporary board, i.e. Ģirts Ozols and Mariss Mežgals, is to continue as permanent board members. 

Beļskis' candidacy was picked from 34 applicants, said the Transport Ministry, the shareholder at the state-owned company.

Beļskis is a graduate of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Latvia alongside other qualifications. 

He is currently Deputy State Secretary for information and communication technologies at the Environment Ministry as well as a council member at the state-owned air traffic controller Latvijas Gaisa satiksme. 

He has worked at a number of institutions related to transportation, having held managerial posts at a number of private and state companies. 

Previously the board of LVRTC stepped down after disagreements with Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) over the implementation of major EU co-funded projects. 

LVRTC is the main operator of the country’s terrestrial radio and television broadcasting network, and one of the leading electronic communication services providers. It is owned by the state and the stock holder is the Transport Ministry, while LVRTC itself is the stockholder of the state's shares in the Latvijas Mobilais Telefons mobile services provider.

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