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Controversy in the Council of RTVE for the extension of the contract of Javier Cárdenas

PSOE and IU vote against the extension of weekly rush hour, which will cost 150,000 euros per program

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Controversy in the Council of RTVE for the extension of the contract of Javier Cárdenas

Spanish television reinforces its relationship with presenter Javier Cárdenas. The Board of Directors of RTVE has approved in meeting held this Wednesday to extend contract of rush hour, current program that Cárdenas leads in 1 after television news of nine at night. The extension of space, however, comes with changes. It will be weekly, lasts 60 minutes and its cost per edition is around 150,000 euros, triple current budget. For 13 programs contracted, public television will pay 1,907,000 euros.

The weekly rush hour contract has provoked a tense debate in Council of RTVE. Several counselors have voted against renewal of this space. "It will last half as before and cost same," said Socialist advisor Miguel Ángel Sacaluga. "It is a bad program, controversial, cumbersome and can be produced perfectly with internal resources of TVE", he defended. "It is true that it increases its duration, but being a live program, production costs are practically same. That is why it is not justified to triple its cost and pass from 40,000 euros to 150,000, "explains Sacaluga.

The extension has also been opposed by IU's vocalist, Teresa Aranguren, and it has been pronounced against counselor who at time was proposed by city, Óscar Pierre, who has defended weekly rush hour in studios of TVE in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) , according to corporation's sources.

Despite opposition of se three advisers, Hora Punta Semana has been approved thanks to votes of PP, which has an absolute majority in Council of RTVE. This agency approved in June 2016 purchase to Gestmusic of new program of Cárdenas, which arranó in September with a duration of 35 minutes. With a mixture of interviews, reports and humour, he arrived at grill of 1 to compete directly with intermediate ( sixth) and Anthill (Antena 3). Currently production is run by Joue Consultant, producer of Cárdenas.

Three weeks before expiry of his errand, president of RTVE has reached board of directors with a battery of contracts. José Antonio Sánchez has proposed renovation of current spaces here land, Spain direct and morning and series Acacias 38 and serve and protect, among ors.

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