The consensus has been broken. Leopoldo González-Echenique, an
attorney general who was part of the previous Popular Party (PP)
administration, has been put forward as the government’s choice to chair
Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), the embattled public broadcaster.
The choice of a technocrat to pull RTVE out of its slump illustrates
the lack of agreement between both majority parties on broadcasting
issues. The Socialists have refused to come up with a candidate of their
own in protest over the government’s decision, a month ago, to change
2006 legislation establishing that the winning candidate needed a
two-thirds majority in Congress. Now, nothing more than an absolute
majority is required, and the PP already has that, meaning it no longer
needs to negotiate with anybody.
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