The future of Teledeporte is back in the air. For the third time in the last five years, directors of RTVE have proposed its closure as a conventional channel and that its contents are only broadcast by streaming through the Internet.
According to the data collected by Confidential Digital, it is a proposal of the new management, which brings back to the table the arguments used on previous occasions: the low channel audience and the 20 million euros that the Corporation can save.
The 2014 efficiency plan
Indeed, in the last quarter of 2014, RTVE's board of directors chaired by Leopoldo González Echenique proposed the Merger of Teledeporte with La 2. It was part of an "efficiency plan" that included adjustments in three main areas: general expenses, structural expenses and staff.
One of the most striking proposals included in that document was the elimination of Teleport from DTT como sports thematic channel. The idea consisted -as it is proposed now- of keep it only through the internet. A saving was sought for the coffers of public television of 16 million euros, according to the calculations made by the Corporation at the time.
Television operators with national coverage pay Abertis around five million euros for the broadcast of a channel. And TVE has five: La 1, La 2, Clan, Teledeporte and 24 Horas. As explained then, with the merger, the Corporation could concentrate in a “multiple” (bandwidth with capacity for four channels) all its national offer. The savings would be immediate.
The audience does not trace
At the moment, the average audience of Teledeporte this November is a 0,4% share. The contents that are broadcast daily barely exceed that figure, which corresponds to some 40.000 viewers on average
An Internet channel in the hands of Fran Llorente
The proposal that the Corporation is handling now puts the option of turn Teledeporte into a streaming channel, that is, broadcast only through the Internet.
It would come to depend, in this case, on the director of Projects and Strategies of TVE, Fran Llorente. As already publishedThanks to a parliamentary question that President Rosa María Mateo answered, Llorente took over several departments that were merged a few months ago.
It controls the RTVE Digital area, where 114 people work; that of Investigation and Hearings, of 13 people; and Development of Strategies and Innovation of Contents, of ten people. They add 137 workers now under the direct command of Llorente.
Among its functions was set "to promote the digital transformation of RTVE, including the management of the RTVE.es Website, mobile applications, RTVE on demand, OTT platforms, presence in social networks and specific developments for the internet or new technology devices" .
A resignation on the table
As confirmed by ECD sources from the Corporation, this plan that questions the future of Teledeporte as its own channel has led to the resignation of director María José Amalia.
The resignation is not yet official and is due to "serious divergences on the future of TDP", explain the same sources. The resignation is expected to be made public by the end of the month.