Referendum on RTV Slovenia, Part Three: Mad As Hell

Third and last instalment. For parts One and Two click here and here respectively

20101209 blog Referendum on RTV Slovenia, Part Three: Mad As Hell
Mad As Hell scene from The Network

So, the referendum on the new law on RTV Slovenia is on in four… no… three days. The opposition (SDS, SLS and SNS) is opposing the law and is encouraging people to vote “no”. The same goes for Andrej Magajna MP (formerly of ruling Social Democrats, now independent) whose support was instrumental in this referendum becoming a reality. The coalition is, naturally, encouraging people to vote “yes” and this includes – although he was apparently very reluctant about it – Karl Erjavec of DeSUS.

Even though the campaign was lacklustre in the extreme, it did pick up in the past few days, with especially the “yes” camp gaining quite a few professional endorsements, most notably by journalists of RTVSLO itself, as well as journalists of Delo, the largest Slovenian daily. These were not “all-out” endorsements, but statements that the law, should it be confirmed on Sunday, will indeed establish grounds for RTVSLO to perform its public service better, with less political involvement.

This, basically, is the reason pengovsky will support the law as well. As things stands now, RTVSLO is saturated with political interest. both left and right. This is a natural consequence of the perpetual tug-of-war in this particular institution and which the existing law (passed under Janša government) only expanded further and made, well, legal. But since every action provokes equal but opposite reaction, the ball was starting to swing the other way. This is why this law is important. Ridiculous as it may sound, it just may prevent the whole vicious circle to start all over, mostly by limiting political influence over RTVSLO. Given this (and a bit of time) we just may end up with something resembling a public service television.

This country needs public RTVSLO. It needs a standard bearer, an institution where talent is fostered, nurtured and properly employed. Where ratings are not the only game in town, but come as a result of quality news and other programming. Where news is more than just about crime, disasters and talk shows which make Jerry Springer (remember him?) seem appropriate. Yes, the above is part of life and world around us. But it’s not all about that. I don’t have to tell you things are bad…

…Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be…

…That’s not the way it’s suppose to be. People are mad, yes. Mad as hell. But TV (especially public TV) is suppose to inform and not simply instil fear and loathing to pump up ratings. If the law is confirmed, common sense and quality media have a fighting chance. Nothing more, nothing less. If the law is defeated, then… well…


 Referendum on RTV Slovenia, Part Three: Mad As Hell


5 Comments to “Referendum on RTV Slovenia, Part Three: Mad As Hell”

  1. Slovenia: More on Public TV Referendum · Global Voices Says:

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  3. fetalij Says:

    sorry for not posting comment in english;

    mislim da ima opozicija zakonu bolj efektivno kampanjo, ker če se po ostalih manjših vaseh kot je naša, ravno tako pojavljajo (enostavni, a kar se sporočilnosti tiče, dobro zasnovani) plakati, ki pozivajo ljudi, naj novemu zakonu rečejo “NE”, potem bodo kot ponavadi mobilizirali svoje zveste volilne baze (SDS, NSi), ki so bolj ali manj zaslepljene in večinoma delujejo tako kot jim reče stranka. sploh ne potrebujejo nekih argumentov ipd. in kot vemo, gre za najbolj zveste volilce pri nas… ki so hkrati tudi največje ovce, če se mene vpraša.

    tako da predvidevam, da bo zakon padel…

  4. fetalij Says:

    aja… razen če zagovornikom zakona uspe v zadnjem hipu prepričati zaenkrat še neodločene (številke niso zanemarljive – http://www.ninamedia.si/referendum/rtv/ )

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