Romanian public television returns on profit for the first time since 2006

Newsroom 15/04/2014 | 17:15

The Romanian public television (TVR) posted a profit of RON 3.17 million for 2013, this being the first time after 2006 when the institution has returned on profit.

 However, the outstanding debts of the public television were RON 787.8 million at the end of 2013, according to the activity report of the institution, reports 

At December 31, 2013, TVR’s total revenues were approximately RON 543 million, of which 536 million came from the TV tax, advertising, state subsidies and 7.9 million represented financial revenues.

The total expenses of TVR were approximately RON 540.8 million, of which operational expenses represented approximately RON 528.7 million and financial expenses amounted to RON 12 million.

The net turnover of the Romanian public television last year were RON 524 million while the net profit was RON 3.17 million.

“This favorable result is the consequence of cuts in total expenses, which have declined by RON 196 million compared to 2012. (…) From January to December 2013, the SRTv losses were cut off, and the company entered a new stage, that of regaining its financial balance. This positive situation was possible only through a better management of expenses,” according to the report.

In 2013, 619 employees of TVR were made redundant and the administration board of the company was dismissed, after the parliament rejected the activity report at the end of 2012.

At December 31, 2013, the outstanding debt of the Romanian public television exceeded RON 787.8 million representing commercial debt and debt to the state budget.

Currently, the Romanian public television is led by Stelian Tanase as interim general manager.

The Romanian public television has in its portfolio the TV stations VR 1, TVR 2, TVR 3, TVR International, TVR News, TVR HD and TVR Moldova as well as five local studios in Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, Timisoara and Targu-Mures.

 Otilia Haraga

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