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Notícias / Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosário with Armando Inroga (left).
Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday urged Armando Inroga, the new chairperson of Mozambican Television (TVM), the country’s publicly owned TV station, to guarantee increasing access to good quality information for the Mozambican public.
Inroga’s appointment to the post came as a surprise, since he has no media background. He is an economist and in the previous government, headed by President Armando Guebuza (2010-2015), he was Minister of Industry and Trade.
He replaces a professional journalist, Jaime Cuambe, who occupied the post from December 2013, and was not re-appointed when his term of office expired.
“The new chairperson of the TVM Board of Directors takes up his duties at a time when the audiovisual mass media, and TVM in particular, are facing the technological challenge of migration from the current analogue to a digital system”, said Rosario, at the Maputo ceremony where he swore Inroga into office.
He added that the digital migration will interfere in how audiovisual content is produced. “Changes will occur in the routines of production and in professional skills”, said the Prime Minister.
It was thus imperative that TVM should take a “pro-active stance and a better provision of service to respond to the demands of the market in the digital era”, he declared.
Rosario urged Inroga to manage the assets of the company in a careful and transparent manner. “Your main mission is to guarantee effectiveness and efficiency in the services provided to the public”, he insisted.
He hoped that the new TVM management would draw up a business plan “based on the principle of doing more and better with the available resources”, and ensure transparency in contracting goods and services.
TVM is highly dependent on a large state subsidy, and doubtless the government hopes that Inroga can reduce that dependence.Source: AIM
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