FRANCESC BRACERO, BARCELONA 26/06/2020
Catalonia Television (TV3) Works Council has just published a diagnosis of the problems that urge the network 8 months after the approval of the new law of the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA). In short: nothing has changed. The workers report continuously detail episodes of daily operation that reveal a change in the explanation of what happens in the headquarters of Sant Joan Despí seen from within.
In addition to discussing the organizational problems, which outline a threat to the stability of TV3, the workers now point to the “government use of the media”. “The brawls between the parties of the Govern have been installed in the programming with painful episodes such as the use of the FAQS program for party acts,” accuses the note, which also denounces the “attempt to launder the figure of Jordi Pujol” while recalls that the Catalan public media have not yet carried out “any in-depth program on the case of corruption of the Pujol family”.
Denouncing possible political biases in the public media is an exercise that benefits all citizens, because it is all of them – whatever ideology they have – that they serve.
Too many times during eight years of processing the voices in the Televisió de Catalunya staff that were critical of partisan or ideological use – if any – were silenced. While it is true that these are not the first complaints of the works council on political leanings in programming, it is also true that this time they are clearer and harsher than ever.
The Professional Council of TV3, established a year ago, is more lukewarm in its statements than the works council, but it has also warned against the political drift of the same sign in the programming of the chain and “the lack of a clear definition between information and opinion ”in several of its spaces.
According to the Center d’Estudis d’Opinió (CEO), the Catalans who do not define themselves as independentists and regularly watch TV3 are around 14%. A good part of the Catalan citizenship has renounced it. However, it manages to be an audience leader thanks to a loyal audience.
A report by the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia CAC stated that, from May to December 2019, for every 3.8 independence interviewees, there was one who was not. And tertulians were not counted. The proportion does not correspond to the socio-political reality of Catalonia, as reflected in the electoral results in each call. They have to change many things to make TV3 more open, but some have already started the de-escalation.