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The Lehendakari expresses his commitment to “high quality” public television “that defends democratic coexistence”

2010 November 3

Experts have analysed the future of regional television in the Neotelevisión conference Constructing the Future of Public Television

Public television must provide information on what is occurring "from a pluralistic, independent and truthful point of view, which, in the Basque Country, will also enable us to defend, promote and encourage the use of the Basque language whilst showing commitment to independent production as a springboard for our creative talent," the Lehendakari stated.

Today, the Lehendakari, Patxi López, defended "high quality" public television "that actively defends our values and democratic coexistence." As he explained, television "can and should entertain, whilst proving instructive," which, in the Basque Country, entails "an explicit commitment and responsibility to defend democratic principles and freedoms and condemn violence and the totalitarianism of terrorism, expressing compassion and support for the victims and those under threat whilst socialising in favour of tolerance, respect for other points of view and the coexistence of different individuals who wish to live as equals."

With these words, the Lehendakari drew the Neotelevisión conference, Constructing the Future of Public Television, to a close. The conference took place in the Eitb offices in Bilbao and was attended by the director, Alberto Surio, along with various experts in the field.

During his address, the Lehendakari defended "useful public television that comes closer to citizens, providing information on what is occurring from a pluralistic, independent and truthful point of view, which, in the Basque Country, will also enable us to defend, promote and encourage the use of the Basque language whilst showing commitment to independent production as a springboard for our creative talent."

Furthermore, the Lehendakari affirmed that regional television companies "have the opportunity, given their proximity, to approach television viewers, not as consumers, but rather as citizens, considering criteria of quality and excellence rather than merely economic income."

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