Claudiu Saftoiu, president general manager TVR, stated, in an interview for Mediafax, that Romanian State TV will have to pay RON 16.5M (Euro 3.8M) to the 635 employees to be fired and mentioned that, starting March 1st, the institution will enter a “rebirth”process .
TVR has in this moment an accumulated loss of Euro 130M and fiscal debts to the state budget of Euro 65M. Starting February, TVR must pay every month to the state budget Euro 1M to eventually pay its debts.
Following the mass layoffs, TVR must pay compensatory salaries worth RON 16.5M.
After the layoffs, the new personnel scheme will be introduced on February 1 st and will include 2,450 jobs. From those, 55 are social cases.
Plans for TVR: refinancing credits, restart TV production activities and turn TVR 3 into an agricultural TV.
Saftoiu’s plans for Romanian State TV include taking an operational credit of Euro 20M to refinance the debts and restarting TV production activities around March 1st .
Saftoiu’s plans also include developing the partnership TVR News – Euronews by increasing the quota of Romanian content on TVR News and by operating again in Breaking News regime.
Also, TVR 3 is to be transformed into a TV dedicated to rural areas, with accent on agriculture.