Chilean prez shuffles up b’cast panel

New chairman of the board to be announced May 23

BUENOS AIRES — Chilean President Ricardo Lagos has named a six-member board to take charge of state broadcaster Television Nacional de Chile (TVN) May 23.

The Senate approved his appointments last week, yet only after the president put businessman Daniel Platovsky in place of Oscar Godoy, a political scientist disliked by the rightwing for criticizing Santiago mayor Joaquin Lavin. Opposition leader Lavin is running for president in 2005.

Platovsky is a former vice president of National Revolution (RN), a center-right party allied with Lavin’s conservative party, the Democratic Independent Union (UDI).

Lagos is scheduled to name the chairman of the board May 23.

New board will replace a panel headed by Marco Colodro, a longtime confidant of Lagos. He led the board since 2001, helping steer the highest-rated broadcaster farther ahead of rivals, thanks to hot soaps and reality shows.

The new directors with eight-year posts are lawyer-professors Juan de Dios Vial Larrain and Jose Zalaquett, and economist Juan Pablo Arrellano.

Those to hold four-year directorships are Platovsky, university director Lucia Santa Cruz and sociologist Virginia Rodriguez.

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