Slavko Curuvija Foundation: Pink TV fails to meet obligations, REM fails to react

Source/Author: N1

Pink TV has failed to fulfill 16 out of the 23 analyzed promises contained in its program concept, based on which the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) renewed its national broadcasting license a little over a year ago, show the results of an analysis carried out by the Slavko Curuvija Foundation.

In the program concept that it had submitted, Pink TV said it would have fewer reality programs, while the REM report of May this year shows that the share of this genre in the program broadcast by this television station is double the share presented in the program concept, said the Slavko Curuvija Foundation.

Moreover, the total share of reality shows in the Pink TV program went up from 34 percent annually for the period 2014-2020, to 46 percent in the first quarter of 2023, that is, after the license renewal.

On the other hand, REM itself measured in permille the mandatory quality programs (children’s, documentary, scientific and educational, cultural and artistic) broadcast by Pink TV, despite the fact that Pink TV promised in its program concept that these would make up 20 percent of its total broadcast programs, which is also an obligation under the law.

The other obligations that Pink TV failed to fulfill include a change in the program structure, broadcasting programs for the hearing-impaired, foreign documentary series, new foreign entertainment formats, more films on the weekends, cultural and artistic diary, cartoons…

“Even though television stations’ program concepts are an integral part of the broadcasting licenses, and it is the REM’s obligation to monitor their fulfillment, this body failed to react to the continuous non-compliance with the program concept. Instead, in its report for the period October 2022 – March 2023, the REM stated that there were no violations of laws and regulations and that Pink fulfills all its obligations,” said the Foundation.