Valencia's public TV channel closes

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 06-11-2013

The Spanish regional Government of Valencia has taken the decision to close down the public TV channel RTVV and Canal 9.

The round of dismissals, which affected nearly 1,000 workers, has been declared illegal by the regional superior court, forcing the Government to reinstate the employees.

The public channel was engaged in serious reforms, through which most of its services and productions were being outsourced. In the meantime, the unions had been appealing against the dismissal programme, which they said had several irregularities.

These were finally confirmed by the regional court, which announced on 5 November that the process was not valid.

Indeed, the lay-off programme recently put the channel into a delicate situation. The high number of sackings meant that there were not enough technicians to carry out the channel's daily tasks.

According to the Government, it would cost around 72 million to reinstate the workers, an expense that the public treasury cannot currently afford.

This sudden decision generates uncertainty in Spain's audiovisual sector. The first public TV closure in the country leaves a lot of external companies with useless contracts and productions which won't be broadcast.