The future of Teledeporte is back in the air For the third time in the last five years RTVE managers have proposed its closure as a conventional channel and that its contents are broadcast only by streaming over the Internet.
According to the data collected by Confidential Digital, this is a proposal from the new management, which puts the arguments used on previous occasions back on the table: low channel audience and the 20 million euros that the Corporation can save.
The 2014 efficiency plan
Indeed, in the last quarter of the year 2014, the RTVE board of directors chaired by Leopoldo González Echenique raised the fusion of Teledeporte with The 2. It was part of an “efficiency plan” that contemplated adjustments in three main areas: general expenses, structural expenses and workforce.
One of the most striking proposals included in that document was the Elimination of Teledeporte of DTT cas a sports themed channel. The idea was - as proposed now - in Keep it only through the internet. A saving was sought for the public television coffers of 16 million euros, according to the calculations made by the Corporation.
Television operators with national coverage pay Abertis around five million euros for the broadcast of a channel. And TVE has five: The 1, The 2, Clan, Teledeporte and the 24 Hours. As explained then, with the merger, the Corporation could concentrate on a "multiple" (bandwidth with capacity for four channels) its entire 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 now handled by the Corporation puts the option of turn Teledeporte into a streaming channel, that is, broadcast only through the Internet.
In this case, I would depend on the Director of Projects and Strategies of TVE, Fran Llorente. As already published eThanks 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 area of Digital RTVE, in which 114 people work; the Research and Hearings, of 13 people; and Development of Strategies and Innovation of Contents, of ten people. Add 137 workers now under the direct command of Llorente.
Among its functions it 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
According to 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 official yet and is due to “serious divergences about the future of TDP,” the same sources explain. The resignation is expected to be made public at the end of the month.
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