Telemadrid: How to destroy a public service

Telemadrid and Onda’s Madrid workers oppose privatization

Workers at Madrid’s regional channels Telemadrid and Onda Madrid, Radio Television Madrid (Eprtvm) and the unions of CC OO, CGT and UGT, have rejected the proposed closure or privatization of Eprtvm, the only publicly-owned communications organisation in Madrid.

In a joint statement issued today, they argued that the existence of public broadcasting in the region “independent of political power, plural, truthful and public service” is the best guarantee for the effective implementation of the constitutional right of citizens to information, and is essential for democratic and civic development.” They also consider it to be the engine of the audiovisual industry in the community

(…) The signatories of the statement believe that the reasons behind these measures are ideological and are being defended by senior figures who don’t believe in public media but are pro privatisation. The statement calls for a commitment to a public medium of transparent and independent information to serve the whole of Madrid society, and not just a few.

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