Media committee rejects HRT's Programming Council report

The parliamentary Committee on Information, Computerisation and the Media on Wednesday by a majority vote rejecteda report on the activities of the public broadcaster HRT's Programming Council in 2014.

Seven MPs from the ruling majority voted against the report while two opposition MPs voted for it.

The Committee thus upheld the government's position that important segments of the report were incomplete and that the Council had not completed the tasks it was commissioned with and hence its report could not be given a positive assessment.

HRT Programming Council chair Bruno Kragic defended the report, saying that the Council's minutes showed that it had constantly urged better fulfillment of programme obligations and that its objections had sometimes been adopted but more often had not. He claimed that the Council could not share the responsibility for programmes because it did not participate in creating them.

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said that the report underscores that for the most part HRT fulfilled its contractually prescribed quantitative obligations, however, an inspection of individual reports for television and radio programmes reveals departures from those obligations.

In its report, the Council for Electronic Media (VEM) said that there were departures from programme obligations on all four TV channels and that the time restriction for ads per hour had been overstepped, said Hasanbegovic. 

MP Nenad Stazić of the opposition SDP commended the report, saying that it was transparent and precise and that the government's opinion was incorrect.

"The law clearly defines that the Council is obliged to lodge written warnings about any omissions, which it failed to do," the Committee's chair, HDZ MP Andrija Mikulic, said.

The Committee also rejected a report on an inspection into HRT's financial operations in 2014, submitted by the HRT Supervisory Board. Its chair Senol Selimovic said that the Supervisory Board he chaired had been appointed in July 2015 and therefore could not have carried out an inspection into HRT's financial operations in 2014.

Hasanbegovic explained that the actual situation could not be determined based on the report for 2014 as it was incomplete, and that therefore the government proposed that parliament should not adopt it.

Last update: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:19

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