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Management shake-up brings TVRI’s relevance into question

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  01:03 am

The abrupt dismissal of TVRI president director Helmy Yahya has once again put the spotlight on the public television broadcaster, which has been struggling to stay relevant since the television industry was liberalized in the 1990s.Helmy, a former television personality, was appointed TVRI's president director in November 2017 for a five-year term. His time was cut short when TVRI's supervisory board fired him last week.In a press conference on his dismissal last week, Helmy said state-owned TVRI had been in a precarious situation when he became its president director."Our [rating] share was 1 percent, our logo was considered old-fashioned, our equipment was damaged and our human resources and corporate culture was not very good," he said. "By the end of my leadership, our [rating share] had doubled."Helmy also cited his securing of a license to broadcast the popular English Premier Lea...