RTV officials deny pressuring Studio City

STA, 6 May 2022 – Responding to a protest letter from the Union of Journalists (SNS) which speaks of pressure on the staff of the popular current affairs show Studio City, the management of public broadcaster RTV Slovenija dismissed the charges, demanding proof of claims or otherwise, an apology.

In Friday’s statement, the public broadcaster’s management strongly rejected accusations of pressure and regretted that the union had decided not to engage in direct dialogue with management before speaking to the public.

She said such a means of communication was inadmissible, damaging the reputation of the public broadcaster, adding that such an approach did not allow for constructive dialogue.

The letter was written after Studio City, a Slovenian TV show hosted by Marcel Štefančič since 1998, was suspended two months ago, after which the host’s contract was not extended. Management has since announced that the show will return in May in a modified format and with a new host.

SNS on Thursday called on management to stop putting pressure on the Studio City team, saying it intends to use all legal and other means to protect their professional integrity, now under threat, including from the editor. chief of the news program of TV Slovenija. .

Management said in Friday’s press release that it required the union to present clear explanations and evidence of the alleged pressure exerted by management on the show’s editors.

“If there has been undue pressure on the creators of Studio City, we will take appropriate action, otherwise we await an apology from the union and a retraction of the statements.”

The management felt that the SNS’s request that Štefančič return to the show as a host was beyond its competence, since the content of the program is entirely within the powers of the editor-in-chief, who is also legally responsible for it.

He recalled that the contract with Štefančič had not been terminated but had expired at the end of March and that the management had decided not to renew it due to his “insulting statements”.

The Mladinsko Theater meanwhile announced that Štefančič will host a special edition of Studio City on Monday at the Mladinsko Theater live. A ticket will cost two euros and the show will also be streamed online.

The editors of RTV Slovenija’s television programs have meanwhile urged general manager Andrej Grah Whatmough, in a statement obtained by the STA, to find a solution for the benefit of the public broadcaster and viewers. They said that Studio City is a very important show and a trademark of RTV Slovenija, so any changes that are not coordinated with editors, journalists and hosts could damage RTV Slovenija’s reputation.