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The provisional administrator of Telemadrid, Jose Antonio Sanchez, has dismissed this Friday the management team of regional television and public radio, including the general director of Onda Madrid, Angel Rubio, or the news director of Telemadrid, Jon Ariztimuño.

Telemadrid sources have confirmed to Efe that the dismissals have been received this morning.

However, the until now general director of Telemadrid, Jose Pablo Lopez, was already dismissed this past Wednesday afternoon, after the Governing Council in which Sánchez was appointed provisional administrator.

Along with Rubio and Ariztimuño, the assistant to the news director, Jaime Garcia Treceño; the general director of Contents, Paco Diaz Ujados; the web director, Juan Varela; the director of New Formats, Juan Adrian; the Director of Communication and Marketing, Daniel Forcada.

The Ayuso Government appointed this past Wednesday to Jose Antonio Sanchez as provisional administrator of the regional public television one week after the plenary session of the Assembly approved the modification of the law that regulates Telemadrid, promoted by the PP and that went ahead thanks to the abstention of Vox.

Vox’s role

Vox, during the inauguration debate of Ayuso, had demanded the closure of public radio and television, and precisely the first legislative initiative that the PP has registered in this new legislature has been the reform of the law of Telemadrid of 2015, which has also been processed by the single reading procedure, which shortens the deadlines, eliminates the debate in committee and the possibility of presenting amendments by the parliamentary groups.

The most outstanding aspect of the reform is the way in which the direction of the radio and television is chosen, so that the director general It now has a four-year non-renewable mandate-instead of the previous six-, a change applicable to the director general current according to a transitory provision, since the mandate of Joseph Pablo López started in 2017.

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During López’s tenure, the regional public channel has recovered the audience data from a decade ago and closed last year 2020 with a surplus in its accounts of 4.61 million euros, but the clashes between the Government of Díaz Ayuso and the address have been frequent.

The lack of dialogue and disagreements go back to the beginning of the previous legislature, when Ayuso stated in an interview that she was “the only regional president and of the Government of Spain that has a television that is critical of her.”

The complaints

The address of Telemadrid He even denounced “a discrediting campaign” undertaken from “various sectors”, while from Puerta del Sol they have repeatedly complained about the treatment received by the public media.

The last clash occurred due to the inauguration of Ayuso as Madrid president in the Royal Post Office on June 19, when the services of Telemadrid for the production and realization of the institutional signal, as happened with the Dos de Mayo events, which led to criticism from the chain’s Board of Directors.

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