Wednesday, January 19

PSC, ERC and Junts close an agreement to renew the leadership of TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio

Agreement to renew the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation (CCMA), the body that controls TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio. The groups of the PSC, ERC and Junts in the Parliament have closed a pact to renew the key positions of the entity, which will be chaired by Rosa Romà, considered close to ERC, while the former councilor of culture of Junts, Àngels Ponsa, will have the vice presidency. The names announced as new directors of the CCMA are Lluís Garriga, Gemma Ribas, Lluís Noguera, Carme Figueras and Pep Riera. The Catalan Chamber must now give its endorsement of the renewal by a reinforced majority that is guaranteed with the three parties.

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The agreement also includes the renewal of the Sindicatura de Greuges, which will be occupied by Esther Giménez-Salinas Colomer, a jurist who was a member of the General Council of the Judiciary, rector of the Ramón Llull University and member of the board of directors of the Santander Bank. The Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC) is also renewed, which will be chaired by the current director of El Punt-Avui, Xevi Xirgo, who published together with Carles Puigdemont the expesident’s diary book. The Catalan Data Protection Authority is also renewed, headed by the former councilor of the Presidency of Convergència, Meritxell Borràs.

The agreement had been forging for weeks, after the three major Catalan parties had agreed to agree to the relief before the end of the year. The leadership of the Corporation, as well as the other bodies that depend on reinforced majorities in Parliament, had expired for several years. The thickest knot of the negotiation is in the public media dependent on the Generalitat, which the Socialists consider that they need a re-foundation. Finally, together with the agreement for the renewal, the three formations have signed a document on the objectives and principles of the CCMA, among which is that of reinforcing the public service mission and improving ties with Catalan society as a whole.

Although the Socialists had hinted at the time that they aspired to the presidency of the CCMA, this will ultimately fall to Romà, Director of Communication at the Vall d’Hebron hospital complex and dean of the College of Advertising and Public Relations of Catalonia. Junts has decided the vice-presidency, which falls on Ponsa. Of the five directors, three are linked to the Socialists: Carme Figueras, who was a deputy of the PSC and jumps from the CAC to the Corporation, Lluís Garriga, who was CEO of the Local Audiovisual Network (XAL) and Gemma Ribas, head of communication from the BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación).

The names agreed for the members of the CAC are the RTVE journalist and former correspondent in New York or Pekin, Rosa Maria Molló; the communication consultant Laura Pinyol; the president of the Catalan Radio Association (ACR), Miquel Miralles; and the current secretary of image and communication of the PSC, Enric Casas.

The profile closest to Junts among the names agreed for the new stage in the institutions that depend on the Parliament is that of the former councilor Meritxell Borràs (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 1964), who will go on to lead the Catalan Data Protection Authority (ACPD). Graduated in pharmacy and with several triennia in Convergència – she was one of the founders of its youth groups in 1981 -, in 1995 she was elected councilor in L’Hospitalet and deputy in Parliament, positions that she repeated in four other legislatures. In 2015 she entered the Government of Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont kept her as councilor. She was the only one of the councilors from the old Convergència who did not resign from the Government before the DUI, which earned her provisional imprisonment for a month by order of the National High Court. However, the Supreme Court ruling sentenced her to only one year and eight months of disqualification for disobedience, a penalty that was completed in June of this year.

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