Topper leaves Chilean station TVN for 'personal reasons'

SANTIAGO, Chile — In a surprise move, Chilean terrestrial station TVN has announced that Jorge Navarrete, the president of the board of directors, has resigned for “personal reasons.”

Most observers believe the ankling was a political move engineered by Chile’s President Ricardo Lagos to gain control over the board.

Lagos immediately appointed Marco Colodro, a longtime confidant and a member of his own PPD party, to head TVN, the government-owned terrestrial broadcaster.

The loss of Navarrete stunned workers at Chile’s highest-rated station. Navarrete is credited with making the station profitable.

Colodro’s appointment comes at a time when TVN is scoring heavily against its rival — Catholic U.-owned Canal 13.

Recently released ratings figures for soaps in Chile show that TVN is on pace to shatter ratings records while Canal 13 is desperate to revitalize inhouse dramatic productions.

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