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BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s new President Nestor Kirchner has appointed Julio Barbaro as broadcasting regulator at Comfer and Torcuato Di Tella as culture secretary, two influential entertainment industry posts.

A confidant of the president who was elected May 25, Barbaro replaces Carlos Caterbetti. Barbaro, previously a culture secretary, lawmaker and radio and TV host, must sort out the spat caused by previous President Eduardo Duhalde who, five days before leaving office, greenlit state radio and TV broadcasters in every province. This angered commercial broadcasters, including Admira’s Telefe and Grupo Clarin’s Artear-Canal 13, who say it will create unfair competition for ad sales from the public sector.

Di Tella takes over as culture secretary from thesp Ruben Stella. The sociologist, political analyst and author of more than 20 books will be in charge of the two major sources of funding for film and theater: the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (Incaa) and the Instituto Nacional del Teatro.