Bulgaria's Largest Private TV to Sue Producer over Censorship Claims

Business | April 22, 2012, Sunday // 15:59|  views

Producer Magardich Halvadzhiyan (pictured) has been tangled in a scandal with the bTV station. Photo by Capital weekly

Bulgaria's largest private TV station bTV is decided to sue Magardich Halvadzhiyan, an independent producer, after the latter accused it of censorship.

The scandal between bTV and Halvadzhiyan's producer firm Global Vision broke out a couple of weeks ago, after he announced that he was to remove two of his shows, which are some of bTV's most popular, from the air, complaining of constant pressure and censorship.

The bTV station reacted with counter-accusations of excessive demands, and requested the written consent of Global Vision to make public the producers' contract.

On Sunday, however, the bTV press service said it is ending the 10-day wait, and is taking Halvadzhiyan and his firm to court in order to protect its image.

On April 12, the TV station agreed to participate in joint news conference with Global Vision but only after the bilateral contracts are made public. It claims to have received no response to its request.

bTV says it has no choice but to take the dispute to court since Halvadzhiyan is said to be preventing it from being able to publicly defend itself through the disclosure of their bilateral contracts.

Halvadzhiyan's accusation of censorship for bTV were not technically backed up by specific examples but he did insist that there have been numerous times that the management of the TV station exert pressure on his shows not to air certain reports or stories.

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Tags: bTV, GLobal Vision, Magardich Halvadzhiyan, censorship, TV, TV Channel


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