Sep 7, 2011
VALENCIA. In a previous article, commented some of the serious problems facing RTVV, and the contradictory measures being developed to, in theory, atajarlos. On the one hand, the tacit assumption, by the new president of the Generalitat, Alberto Fabra, partially informed the defendant that presently RTVV, seems to indicate a purpose of amendment, in linking it with the appointment of Santiago Hernández Vayá informative as Director of Channel noon 9. On the other hand, recruitment and associate director of RTVV Fernando Quintela, formerly Head of Organization Intereconomía TV, seems to go in radically opposite direction.
Such recruitment, that, in the light of the information has been published 20 Minutes and the data that I DECREE, be confirmed this week, would be to centralize the management RTVV journalism in the hands of Quintela, in order to increase the audience and shape the brutal ERE (more than 50% Template, thousand people, a total of 1.800) to be implemented in a few months, while the economic aspects of the management of public television would be borne by the current director of RTVV, Luis Redondo (a journalist who is not known to any training about).
Surprise, and much, this appointment. Quintela profile is a strong ideological journalist, as can be inferred from its products and its history, World TV first and then Intereconomía. In an interview he made some months ago in Digital Journalist, When asked about the bad image of Intereconomía among much of the Spanish population, answered the following: “Intereconomía is right, and here there is no complex. The complex comes from those who reject this position as clear. The left can be positioned as you want, but every time he opens his mouth right and gives the owner seems to have spoken a demon”.
Difficult to understand how you can start from the “right without complex” to lead the shift of Televisió Valenciana to some form of pluralism. Unless, naturally, that “pluralism” understand RTVV give more space on right-wing positions, addition to the right that is rampant and. Pluralism, in sum, well understood: the PP and the right of the PP. In this type of menu, RTVV assuming that offer products similar to those offered Intereconomía, Channel programs such as DBT 9 would become even moderate.
Rubalcaba and the GAL, in Canal 9
Above all, if confirmed decisions, Quintela attributed to himself even before formalizing its relationship with public television Valencia, as you are commenting on RTVV: Canal 9 have hired the preparation of various reports with a former reporter for El Mundo TV, APérez de Albéniz lfredo, closely related to the own Quintela. Pérez de Albéniz already made in the past several chain programs (So gust, Kitchen, Look there or, hidden-camera humor). He was also director of the documentary “GAL, the dirty war against ETA” (in which even got to act like actor, as a border guard) and deputy director of the controversial “11M. History of an attack”, Telemadrid issued both in (and also on Canal 9 the referral to 11M).
Both documentaries deployed the hypotheses of the El Mundo newspaper about the issues involved: In the first case, about the dome of the GAL and its relationship with the Government of FGonzález Elipe; and the second, regarding the alleged doubts on the authorship of the attacks of 11M, widely publicized by the newspaper El Mundo in what became known as “conspiracy theory”.
The striking thing is that contracted with Channel reports 9 principle would cover issues currently little information related to Valencia, as the figure of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba or pattern of the GAL (again). A much closer approach Canal 9 to a view of the latest news from the chains of their own “TDT Party” (Intereconomía, Veo7, Libertad Digital TV).
With this type of measure, the distance between what Fabra says he wants to do with RTVV, and showing appointments, is so great that it is incomprehensible. And not only by the contradiction between economic status and limit hiring cheerful and clearly unrelated to the functions and features of the regional public television. But, above all, by the amendment which is almost complete for the purposes of change mentioned Fabra formulated by.
Precisely for this reason, gives the impression that, here as in other aspects of “landing” Fabra in front of the Generalitat, some of the decisions being taken are alien to the current president, and more from the team appointed by his predecessor. Specifically, Quintela's appointment seems to be attributed directly to the CEO of RTVV, Jose Lopez Jaraba, with whom he would join a personal friendship.
Reasons for the collapse of the hearings
Finally, and as for hearing problems also motivate these changes, the audience certainly has sunk in summer, even more than it already was (by dejajo of 5%). The audience flees for several reasons, among which we mention the changes in television viewing habits of the population (which, especially the younger segments, tend to be directly downloaded Internet content, instead of seeing them on TV), and the increased supply, very marked in recent years through the development of DTT.
But there are two factors directly attributable to RTVV: on the one hand, the huge loss of credibility suffered by their news, sectarian and party even for a country like Spain, media which tend to be strongly polarized. Many people have stopped watching the news on RTVV, but, over time, This in turn has meant a loss of viewers, simply, Televisió Valenciana never see. Neither the information, or other products.
Otherwise, the audience was also sunk by the lack of quality audiovisual products. In summer, has issued canned content; sometimes very old and / or very low quality; in other, reissued in numerous occasions, and often times inappropriate. Once you have re-issued new content, the audience has picked up.
For example, and without going any further, Last Sunday the Llengua Trau, returning for a second season, obtained a creditable 9,6% de share, well above report news 9 (4,5%) which was issued just before. Y, course, well above programs such as DBT Channel 9 and hearings 1% or even 0%. It seems obvious that these figures attest to the interest of the public to see the content associated with social and cultural reality of the Valencian Community, which is also the main reason why there RTVV. In any case, doubtless welcome more interest if offered yet another sectarian gathering or reporting; for that, unfortunately, supply is much higher.
Guillermo Lopez is Professor of Journalism at the University of Valencia