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CyBC budget cut amid objectivity gripes

The House on Thursday grudgingly approved a supplementary budget for the CyBC, amid accusations that the public broadcaster is biased in its news coverage.

But based on an amendment tabled by DIKO, MPs also slashed €250,000 out of the €580,000 budget.

The funds removed concerned the purchase of foreign films and the production of documentaries.

Most parties complained that the CyBC does not report the news objectively.

“The coverage varies from week to week, from day to day, from journalist to journalist, without a proper assessment of what constitutes news,” ruling DISY leader Averof Neophytou said on the House floor.

“We have all been witness to this for years…this is not what public television and radio is supposed to be.”

Likewise DIKO chief Nicolas Papadopoulos said the CyBC did a poor job of presenting parties’ views.

“This is a polite warning to certain people…forget what you knew. Especially come next year,” he added, evidently alluding to the 2016 legislative elections.

For his part, EDEK MP Nicos Nicolaides also complained about the quality of the coverage afforded to his party, saying that the government and other parties were treated more favourably.

The supplementary budget passed with 32 votes for, 15 against. The reduced fund proposal received 47 votes for, and one abstention from the Greens.

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