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TVR 3 becomes villagers’ TV; a protocol with Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry – heavily scrutinized


claudiu saftoiu (2)Starting December 6th, TVR 3 changes its programs schedule and have a new graphic based on color green, according to a press release issued by the channel.


The new TVR 3 will broadcast “folklore shows, reflecting village’s world, programs with social, politican themes made by TVR’s territorial studios, TV programs about conserving the cultural, traditional, ethnographic, musical space and about rural actuality”, the press release adds.

The change comes in the context of the protocol that TVR’s president general manager and the minister of Agriculture and Rural development signed on October 30th. At that moment, Claudiu Saftoiu, PDG SRTv, was saying that, based on this partnership, TVR3 will promote the rural, cultural and touristic rural areas.

CNA criticized the protocol, with 3 of its member sending a letter to the Parliament saying that TVR-Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry (MADR) affects TVR’s editorial independence. In reply to that, TVR’s officials said the document doesn’t interfere with the editorial policy of the channel.

Moreover, Claudiu Saftoiu explained the protocol exclusively for, in a telephonic interview.

According to Saftoiu, TVR tried to propose a communication platform, as it is normal from a public TV.

“There’s nothing specially made for MADR. TVR, as a public institution and in line with its public mission, must present, objectively, impartially, the realities of internal and international socio-politic and economic life and insure the correct information of the citizens over the public work.
The protocol (…) doesn’t involve any financial obligations. TVR 3 might access some European funds, if MADR runs communication projects for EU financing agriculture policies”, Saftoiu said.

Saftoiu says that the protocol doesn’t generate submissive obligations towards a governmental structure and considers the document is miss-interpreted in bad faith.

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