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No more public radio, TV, and newsagency under Milei

Tuesday, November 21st 2023 - 08:28 UTC
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Aerolíneas will need to be competitive and not rely on State subsidies Aerolíneas will need to be competitive and not rely on State subsidies

Argentina's President-elect Javier Milei announced Monday in a broadcast interview that he would privatize the state-run Public TV (TVP), National Radio, and the news service Télam because he did “not adhere to those practices of having a covert Ministry of Propaganda.” He also explained he had plans for the oil company YPF and flag carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas to no longer hinge financially on the national treasury.

“We consider that Public Television has become a propaganda mechanism. During the campaign, 75% of the time that our space was talked about was done in a very negative way, paying for the dirty campaign, the campaign of fear,” Milei argued.

“I do not adhere to those practices of having a covert Ministry of Propaganda: it has to be privatized. The same with Radio Nacional. Everything that can be in the hands of the private sector is going to be in the hands of the private sector”, Milei went on.

Last week, Congresswoman-elect Lilia Lemoine of Milei's La Libertad Avanza warned a TVP reporter that she needed to be a good worker to keep her job because they were going to privatize the station, which resulted in the station's workers issuing a statement of condemnation claiming an attack on freedom of the press. “We repudiate the threat made by Lilia Lemoine to the TVP Noticias journalistic team that conducted the interview,” they aid.

Milei also said YPF needed to be rebuilt. It was a clear shot at Buenos Aires Province Governor who was Economy Minister under President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner when the company was repurchased by the Argentine State. “Since Mr. Axel Kicillof decided to nationalize it, the deterioration of the company in terms of results has made it worth less than when it was expropriated... Evidently, the first thing to do is to rebuild it,” Milei stressed.

Regarding Aerolíneas Argentinas, Milei said his administration would hand it “over to its employees” to compete in a country with an “open skies” policy. “Our idea is to hand it over to the employees and that they themselves do the purging and start competing in an open skies policy,” Milei also pointed out in one of his multiple interviews during his first day as President-elect. “Aerolíneas' personnel is a very qualified staff, the problem lies in the political contamination,” he underlined with the aeronautical unions meddling in the company's management.

An “open skies” policy means Aerolíneas will need to be competitive and pay “market” salaries. In the last fifteen years alone the company has received subsidies for more than US$ 8 billion.

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  • Jo Bloggs

    Ha ha… I doubt this guy will last long but I wish him well.

    Nov 21st, 2023 - 10:39 am +2
  • Falklands-Free

    It is going to be a long hard struggle to incorporate change. He will have his work cut out for sure, but change needs to happen in Argentina.
    There has been too much staye control and with it a draining if finance that is much needed to repay the huge IMF debt and kickstarting the economy again.
    He will likely be persecuted for any changes a d he will always have to watch his back.
    There are a lot of corrupt people in the country and untill he gets that under control he will need to be on guard.
    I think we as Falkland islanders may get less political attention in the coming years as he concentrates on urgent domestic and other international policies.

    Nov 21st, 2023 - 11:28 am +2
  • Chicureo

    A close friend, residing in San Juan, used to always fly first class on Aerolíneas Argentinas.

    He would reserve with an economy class seat, and slip a couple of hundred $ notes to the ticket counter agents to “upgrade”...

    ¡Saludos de Viña del Mar!

    Nov 21st, 2023 - 08:15 pm 0
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