Gov’t picks TV chief

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For the first time, the Spanish government and the main opposition party together have chosen the prexy of giant Spanish pubcaster Radio Television Espanola, one of the most powerful TV posts in Spain.

He is 48-year-old Luis Fernandez, who, as managing director of Spanish film and TV production arm Plural Entertainment in New York and Miami from 2001-05, exec produced “A Day Without a Mexican” and Univision’s “Al filo de la ley.”

RTVE toppers are usually picked by the government, prompting huge bias in RTVE news coverage under Felipe Gonzalez’s socialists (1982-96) and Jose Maria Aznar’s conservatives (1996-2004).

Fernandez is an apt choice for a new-era RTVE. He worked in radio at the Catholic Church-owned Cadena Cope and the left-wing Cadena Ser, then headed news and current affairs from 1996-2000 at independent broadcaster Telecinco.

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