RTP CHANGES AFFECT EUROVISION PLANS
LISBON, PORTUGAL – The Portuguese government is looking to transfer all competencies in RTP to the new independent general council that will be in line with the process currently present at the BBC.
Joint Minister for regional development, Miguel Poiares Maduro has confirmed that the government will no longer be taking charge of the station, though they will be taking responsibility for financing.
The general council will consist of six members, two appointed by the government, another two by RTP and the remaining 2 will be chosen by the previous four appointees.
All six members will appoint the director and these will stay on for six years without a possible renewal period although changes can be made after three years. They will get together at least once a month.
These changes will mean that in terms of Eurovision, the choice of participation and who to send will rely more on the general council than on the government which has been the case to date. This is a process currently seen at the BBC and is intended to mirror that setup.
SOURCE: ESC PORTUGAL