Solutions offered for RTVE's vacant presidency

Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 16-04-2012

The Spanish Government has put various options on the table to settle the appointment of a president for RTVE, a position which has been vacant since Oliart Alberto left the corporation in July 2011.

If no agreement is reached with the opposition party, the PSOE, it would lead to the qualified majority of two-thirds of the House of Representatives requiring the Law on Radio and Television Service, according to congressional sources. However, RTVE would continue to operate the system of rotating presidency that was established following the departure of Oliart.

One option is to shuffle the Executive to amend the Law on Radio Television Public by Royal Decree in order to replace the majority of two-thirds of the House of Representatives currently provided by law for electing the president by an absolute majority requirement. This would allow the PP party, currently in power in Spain, to appoint a president without reaching a consensus with the PSOE, as at present.

Another, more simple, option would be a modification of the bylaws of RTVE to allow choosing a president with executive capacities among current members of the Board of Directors. Therefore, in a hypothetical vote for president, the members appointed by the PP would be in a minority, against the directors appointed by the PSOE, IU, ERC and UGT in recent polls referred to "model" of public television have voted generally in the same direction.

Meanwhile, the possibility remains that the PP and the PSOE might agree on a new president of RTVE and the renewal of the council.

In addition to the appointment of a president, pends the replacement of five members of the Board of Directors, who took up office in January 2007 and should have been replaced in January 2010.