Hanzekovic harshly criticises Bridge's proposal regarding HRT

The majority owner of Hanza Media, Marijan Hanzekovic, on Tuesday reacted in the strongest terms to a bill of amendments to the Croatian Radio Television Act (HRT), pushed by the Bridge political party, under which the national broadcaster would collect its own claims for subscription fees and would not be able to hire lawyers for that purpose, saying that "nobody has the monopoly on stupidity" and that "Bridge's proposal is unconstitutional and is undermining the entirely legal system."

Hina learnt from sources at HRT that its management is looking into the possible consequences of the application of Bridge's proposal under which HRT, which collects its claims through enforcement through law firms including Hanzekovic's law firm, would now be left without a possibility to plan its business revenues, stable business activities or meet its programme obligations required by its agreement with the government.

According to preliminary assessments of the incumbent HRT management, the national broadcaster would have to permanently employ approximately 70 legal experts across Croatia to be able to collect its claims, which in the first phase would cost the broadcaster at least HRK 50 million, earmarked for programme content and production.

Last update: Wed, 19/10/2016 - 12:50

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