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CyBC scriptwriter ‘blackmailed’ her daughter’s way on to TV

Allegedly the woman forced the company and the directors of two CyBC period dramas Vimata stin Ammo (photo) and Petrino Potami to hire her daughter who is an actress

STATE broadcaster CyBC announced yesterday that it would facilitate investigations into one of its senior staff for possible criminal offences concerning abuse of power and blackmail.

The investigation was ordered by the legal service following a complaint made against the female scriptwriter in May to the auditor-general and the head of the CybC employees union EVRIK by the owner of a production company.

Allegedly the woman forced the company and the directors of two CyBC period dramas ‘Vimata stin Ammo’ and ‘Petrino Potami’, to hire her daughter who is an actress and pay her €2,000 per month instead of €1,200, which was the standard pay for the other actors of the same calibre.

She also allegedly threatened to discontinue the series her daughter was in after the production company told her that they would cut the number of scenes she was in because the actress lives in Greece, which caused added production costs and inconvenienced the other actors.

The complaint also included an allegation that the woman had received €80,000 over the past two years for co-authoring scripts for ‘Vimata stin Ammo, but had not declared the extra income to the taxman.

“We sent letters to the administration of the state broadcaster for more information and we expect within the week to receive written answers which will help our investigations,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.

Daily Kathimerini reported that the former head of CyBC’s board of directors Makis Symeou claimed, when asked, that the woman was no longer being paid for contributing to the series as a script writer.

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