THE Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has initiated a web-based campaign entitled “The CyBC we want”, inviting comments on the mandate of the state-owned broadcaster.
The broadcaster announced an invitation to “public debate” on the role and mission of public radio and television, set to last until March 7.
The announcement posted on the Corporation’s website proclaims the new board of directors’ eagerness to obtain the public’s opinion in its effort to modernise and reinvent the organisation.
The mission of public broadcasting, its goals, programming, advertising, modernisation, funding, control, and quality, are the issues on which the corporation invites comments.
The public may submit comments, opinions or suggestions via the website, after completing some basic personal information – name, surname and email.
“Your opinion is valuable to us,” concludes the announcement.
The need to modernise CyBC has recently been the issue of public debate, focusing on the organisation’s budget and sparked by the summer saga of Greek public broadcaster ERT which was deemed unsalvageable and closed down immediately after a government decision was issued, prompting widespread public outcry and months of vehement protesting by former employees. ERT subsequently reopened as DT (Dimosia Tileorasi) and re-employed a fraction of its former staff.