Palacio media czar

World Brief

Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner has named Luis Ricardo Palacio to run state media.

A longtime companion of Kirchner in public office, Palacio takes command of the National Public Media System, which oversees TV broadcaster Canal 7 Argentina, radio net Radio Nacional and news agency Telam.

He replaces Jose Paquez, who held the post until Kirchner, who took office in May 2003, could name his choice for the job.

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