Romania: TV chief summoned over PM interview that didn’t air


BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian Parliament has summoned the head of the country’s public television company to explain why an interview with the prime minister was not broadcast as advertised, amid criticism that it wasn’t aired for political reasons.

Gigel Stirbu, who chairs parliament’s Committee for Culture, Arts and Mass Information Means, said TVR chief executive Irina Radu was invited Monday to clarify why the interview with Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos didn’t air Sunday.

The broadcaster, which is not supposed to show political bias, says the pre-recorded interview would be shown after next month’s parliamentary elections, noting that Ciolos is supported by the Liberal Party.

Liberal Party leader Alina Gorghiu accused the station’s managers of being “loyal” to the Social Democratic Party, the favorite to win a majority in the Dec. 11 vote.

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