Sorin Alexandrescu, general manager of the Antena 1 channel, was detained by the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA), being accused of blackmailing the administrator of a company.
Alexandrescu is being investigated for allegedly blackmailing the administrator of telecom operator RCS&RDS to sign a contract under his own terms.
This looks like another episode in a series of clashes between two media groups, Intact, which runs the Antena1, Antena3, GspTV and Euforia TV and cable operator RCS – RDS, which launched its Digi24 news channel more than one year ago.
Thus, on April 20, 2012, RCS&RDS announced that it would no longer broadcast Antena 1, Antena 3 and Euforia TV on its Digi satellite TV platform since it is not willing to pay EUR 7 million per year, which was charged by the Antena Group for broadcasting these channels via satellite.
Intact Media Group accused RCS & RDS of “un-commercial practices” claiming the company decided “without informing its partners or subscribers beforehand, to take out from the satellite platform the Antena 1 and Antena 3 TV channels, starting at midnight, on April 20.”
Prosecutors suspect that Alexandrescu tried to make sure that the Antena1 and Antena3 channels are broadcast via the Digi satellite platform using illegal practices.