October 22 (BTA) – The Director General of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) Andon Baltakov requested Wednesday that the Council for Electronic Media (CEM) terminate the contract with which he took over BNR management, as of November 1, the BNR said on its Horizont radio programme.
“I am extremely disappointed by the lack of managerial will for changes in Bulgarian legislation that would guarantee that the BNR will remain independent and completely free from political interference,” Baltakov told BNR.
Baltakov explained that in a report by Culture Minister Boil Banov which proposes draft amendments to the Radio and Television Act, the BNR-approved text was replaced, which Baltakov describes as “absolutely arrogant and brazen manipulation” that he cannot tolerate. CEM Chair Betina Joteva told 24 Chassa on Wednesday: “I hope he will reconsider and withdraw his resignation”. Baltakov was elected BNR Director General on January 22, 2020.
On Thursday, the Culture Ministry commented on Baltakov’s position, saying that all the proposed provisions concerning the financing of public media have been summarized in a bill currently proposed for public discussion.
The draft Radio and Television Act is published on the website of the Ministry of Culture and on the portal for public consultations for a period of 30 days. Proposals from all stakeholders, including the BNR, may be processed until November 18. RI/DT