An appointment could arise from the ordinary meeting or only a date for the holding of an extraordinary council in order to fill the vacancy at the head of the corporation.
RTVE’s board of directors meets at four this afternoon. It is an ordinary call of this body in which the president of the corporation, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, will foreseeably present his resignation, after yesterday he sent a letter to the workers of the entity and which was later sent to the media to announce that he was taking “a step to the side” and that in the following hours he would present his resignation from the presidency of RTVE and his membership of the board of directors.
In any case, the agenda of the council meeting has not been disclosed and sources from the corporation do not confirm if only the dismissal process will be undertaken or if the replacement in the presidency of the corporation will be agreed, either interim or permanent. In any case, they do recognize that several options are being considered, which they do not reveal, except that someone from the board of directors could be chosen.
The pools, which the corporation does not confirm, mainly point to two names as potential substitutes for Pérez Tornero: the journalist Elena Sánchez, who has developed her professional career at RTVE performing both informative and administrative tasks, and José Pablo López, current content director .
Political assessments have not been long in coming. Sources from Podemos are satisfied with the resignation of Pérez Tornero: «He was chosen by PSOE and Podemos and placed himself under the orders of the PP; it is good news that he is leaving public TV after the damage he has done ».
On the part of the PP, the general secretary and spokesperson for the parliamentary group, Cuca Gamarra, has complained through a message on Twitter because, she affirms, RTVE “joins INE, CIS, Indra, the Prosecutor’s Office and the rest of the institutions whose prestige He has not been able to survive four years of Sánchez.” “He wants a Spain in the image and likeness of Ferraz. Our obligation is to work to prevent the deterioration from going beyond this legislature,” continues Gamarra.
The Congress of Deputies ratified on February 25, 2021 the agreement reached by the parliamentary groups of PSOE and PP, as well as those of United We Can and the PNV, to renew the board of directors and the presidency of RTVE. By virtue of this agreement, Pérez Tornero became president of the corporation, replacing Rosa María Mateo, who had headed the organization as sole administrator since 2018.
This agreement between the Government and the Popular Party, then led by Pablo Casado, to renew RTVE was understood as the first step in undertaking the renewal of constitutional bodies, such as the Constitutional Court or the General Council of the Judiciary, an action that still Today it is pending.
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