RTVE appoints new president
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 23 October 2014
There were no surprises in the appointment of RTVE's new president, with José Antonio Sánchez officially being named to replace Leopoldo González-Echenique a month after the latter's resignation.

tvepresiFollowing a parliamentary process, earlier this week Sánchez was appointed as a member of RTVE's board of directors in anticipation of his appointment to the presidency, and as the Spanish Parliament is controlled by a single political party - the Conservative Partido Popular - there was no room for movement.

José Antonio Sánchez has worked as a journalist for EFE news agency and the newspapers ABC and La Razón, and has also collaborated with Cadena Cope and Antena 3.

Sánchez previously held a high position at the public broadcasting company, as CEO from 2002 to 2004, and has also been director of Telemadrid since 2011, both of which are the most controversial appointments in his career. Telemadrid has seen quality and audience numbers fall under his direction – during which the public regional network began its privatisation process – and TVE dramatically increased its debt during his period as a CEO.

Sánchez will now fill the gap left by González Echenique, who became director in 2012 and faced strong criticism due to falling audience numbers, increasing debt and continuous complaints about the news coverage by the Telediario