Inventor takes top slot at pubcaster

Dispatch - Bulgaria

BUDAPEST – Bulgaria’s broadcasting regulator, the Council on Electronic Media, has appointed 75-year-old engineer and inventor Emil Vladkov as prexy of state broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT).

Vladkoc intends to keep BNT’s pubcasting purity. “We need a state television that does not compete with commercial media but is a rostrum for public opinion,” Vladkov said in a radio interview.

Vladkov’s election ended months of uncertainty at the public network as the previous chief executive Kiril Gotsev fended off allegations and a criminal investigation linking him to kickbacks from advertisers.

An engineer in broadcasting and telecommunications and the holder of 54 patents and numerous PhDs, Vladkov beat TV journalists and talking heads Ivan Takev and Simeon Vasilev.

However, 50 BNT employees signed a petition condemning Vladkoc’s “hurried” appointment and claiming that his credentials to lead the net were unclear.

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