In the absence of an Independent Regulatory Authority for the media, the Courts and labour mobilisation are fighting Spanish regional public service media mismanagement. This week, workers in Madrid’s broadcaster have issued an animated short film blaming politicised executive managers for the Corporation’s financial failure, while Valencia’s higher provincial court has backed the prosecution of former director-general for sex abuse against several female employees.

These two later episodes add to the severe crisis of a distinctive public broadcast model in post-Francoist democratic Spain. In the midst of the economic downturn, redundancy plans designed by privately-held global and national professional services’ companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Garrigues are threatening its continuity. A heavily unregulated independent production sector is positioning to take advantage of this.

This week Open Society Foundations‘ “Media program” has published its Mapping Digital Media report on Spain, which I have co-authored. I publish this article explaining the complex and grotesque Valencian case. It is a slightly edited version of the one written on 31 August, 2012 as part of my draft proposal for Section 2 of the report -that in the final edited version was summarised for the sake of synthesis. Leer el resto de esta entrada »