Government blocks the appointment of the two directors by the opposition at Radio y Televisión Argentina (RTA), the company that runs National Radio and Public TV and is run by Rosario Lufrano.
“The director candidate who proposed the PRO filed a labor lawsuit against RTA last month, for a problem he had last year, since he was an auditor there. So we are not going to appoint someone who has a lawsuit against the state company. We request a technical report from the RTA Legal Directorate, to guide us on how to move forward. We are waiting for that report, “he told Clarion a national government source.
In contrast, a source close to Larsen denied that the trial started last month, although he acknowledged the labor dispute. “He was sued in August of last year, because he was an internal auditor for RTA and they fired him with a telegram of dismissal without cause, without any compensation, in January 2020, “said that source to Clarion.
And he added: “When he was proposed to the position of director, this year, that judgment was already known. But there is no incompatibility, since the judgment is because he was an internal auditor and also this new position is ad honorem director. They do not want to designate it so that no one controls what Lufrano is doing on Public TV, “said a source close to Larsen.
The Bicameral Commission for Audiovisual Communication of Congress proposed two months ago for these positions to Cristian Larsen (PRO) now Carlos Monte (UCR), unanimously by all its members. But the government delays both appointments and is especially resistant to Larsen’s proposal.
The Government had already blocked last year the appointment of another PRO director in RTA, Emilio lafferriere, which had also been unanimously proposed by the Congressional Bicameral Commission.
Lafferriere was questioned by the Government that had already been director of the public media during two successive administrations, when Mauricio Macri was President, despite the fact that he was in RTA for the same time as Silvana Giudici in the National Communications Agency, who was appointed there as director last year.
Alberto Fernández appointed in RTA the two directors who correspond to the Executive Power, who are Rosario Lufrano and Osvaldo Santoro; as well as also appointed Cynthia Ottaviano as director, at the proposal of the Frente de Todos (FdT), as the first parliamentary minority. But the appointment of the two directors who correspond to the opposition is delayed.
Lafferriere had been proposed in May last year, but the government rejected the proposal. Then an attempt was made to move forward last November and in April of this year, but at the last minute suspended both meetings the president of the Bicameral Commission, Deputy Gabriela Cerruti (FdT). And they could only be proposed to Larsen and Monte on May 6.
Larsen was already an auditor of RTA during the management of Hernan Lombardi in charge of the public media, while Monte was mayor of Río Segundo, Córdoba.
It remains to be seen how Monte’s proposal continues, since his appointment is in the same file as Larsen and since June 6 It was blocked in the Headquarters of the Cabinet, where it does not register any movement.