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The conflict of Radio Televisión de Galicia worsens after the transfer of a presenter who criticized Feijóo


Mayte Cabezas, daughter of a civil guard murdered by Grapo, reproached the president of the PP for not fulfilling his promise of an autonomous law to support victims of terrorism. Two days later, she was notified that she was being relegated to radio after three decades.

On March 10, 1989, an itinerant commando of the Grapos shot at point blank range the civil guards Pedro Cabezas and Constantino Limia, who were guarding the Bank of Spain in Santiago de Compostela.

In the assault, the agents died instantly, and forever became victims of terrorism "double game", as murdered and as Galicians, ignored by the Government of the Xunta.

This is how it was told on March 7, on the occasion of the anniversary, by Cadena SER in Vitoria, which in the

La ventana de la memoria space

interviewed Mayte Cabezas, daughter of one of the two guards shot.

In those days when terror broke out in the Galician capital, Mayte had already started working (at the age of 18, 20 days ago) at TVG (Television of Galicia) and she found out about the event while returning to the station after pick up clothes lent by a Compostela


for the programmes.

Since then, the presenter explains, she has always practiced her profession on television, something for which the CRTVG (Galicia Radio Television Corporation) itself has been training her with courses and a lot of experience.

For having, Mayte Cabezas even has a fan club with her name that broadcasts her appearances on

Vivir Aquí on social networks

, the last program in which he had been working for five years.

Until last Monday, March 13, when, upon returning to work after the weekend —after the interview on the Basque radio station and a criticism of Alberto Núñez Feijóo published by her on Saturday 11M on her Facebook— Human Resources expected with the news of his imminent transfer to Radio Galega.

This umpteenth forced movement of personnel within the company came between the first day of the strike set for March 6 and the two that will take place this Friday the 24th and tomorrow, Saturday the 25th. The workforce is called upon to support these protests "in a context of intensified repression and mistreatment of rebellious workers in the face of manipulation or criticism of the management of the public media”.

Cabezas assures that not even his boss knew, it was "a surprise" for the entire team, "without arguments or justification", so much so that the Works Council considers it the target of political retaliation in the regional entity, it already had an upcoming program in the middle of set up and closed another seven interviews for subsequent installments of

Vivir Aquí


Consulted by this newspaper, the CRTVG attributes the sudden transfer of the reporter to a complete "restructuring" of the morning and Sunday program, which affects her team of nine people due to the poor audience garnered in the last editions.

The lowest percentage, according to the company, was registered on March 12, the day before Cabezas received the letter from Human Resources.

The victim assures that

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It worked well and that the data provided by the CRTVG is disguised in order to "discredit the program": collateral damage if, as the Committee maintains, the purpose is to separate her.

CRTVG emphasizes that "all" the colleagues of this worker "will take on new tasks" because the change does not only affect "one person".

"The editors of the CRTVG are trained and qualified to function on television, radio and digital," defends the regional company.

The affected presenter affirms, however, that on the radio she feels like "an impostor", and that she constantly needs the help of her colleagues because she does not know "the techniques, the times, the formats: the system is totally different" .

“I am an intern, a radio baby with many years”, she laments.

Demonstration "Defende a Galega", called by different social groups and the platform of workers of the CRTVG, on November 6 in Santiago de Compostela.ÓSCAR CORRAL

Cabezas remembers that it is not the first time in these years that he has criticized the lack of sensitivity of the Xunta with the victims of terrorism.

He cannot ensure that his new comments pointing directly to Feijóo precipitated his disappearance from the screen.

But he sees it as something obvious that these criticisms, when the president of the PP led the Government of the Xunta, did him no harm because in Galicia "talking about the victims of terrorism has no parish", while now, in Madrid, this issue You can add or subtract votes.

In an act of homage to the two civil guards murdered, in 2019, according to Cabezas, the then president of the Xunta "looked into her eyes" and "very intimately and vehemently" promised her that he would "immediately" promote a Galician law to protect families broken by terrorism.

It was something similar to what many years before "Manuel Fraga himself", mentor of the leader of the PP, had said to Mayte's mother and widow of Pedro Cabezas.

Of Feijóo's commitment, the same as that of Fraga, "never again" was known.

For this reason, Mayte quoted the head of the PP in the SER interview.

And the following Saturday his blood boiled when he came across some statements by Feijóo to Europa Press on the anniversary of 11M and European Day for Victims of Terrorism.

"A worthwhile policy involves remembering people who have been killed by ETA, Islamic jihadism or any other terrorist cause," the popular president claimed in the interview.

So the journalist felt the moral obligation to publish a warning to surfers on her Facebook wall: “With an absolute majority, she systematically turned her back on the victims... a policy that is not worth it!

What a shameless person.

Laugh not to cry."

“This gentleman is not accredited to speak about the victims;

He does not have a service record ”, Cabezas protests in conversation with EL PAÍS, while assuring that the CRTVG did not give her any explanation about the order that came from above to relegate her to the radio.

“The changes respond to a global strategy”

The public company affirms that "the audience averages for this month of March were 6.5% (day 5), 1.3% (12) and 3% (19)", while "the audience for February channel was 10.7%”.

“Specifically”, the CRTVG continues to explain, this person [in reference to Mayte Cabezas] became part of the main afternoon program” on Radio Galega.

"All the changes respond to a global media restructuring strategy to evolve and adapt to the new digital reality," highlights the management, who takes the opportunity to warn that there may still be more internal movements.

The Works Council has spent years denouncing forced transfers of critical personnel with political slogans and with the management of the CRTVG, chaired since spring 2009 (when Feijóo became president of the Xunta) by Alfonso Sánchez Izquierdo.

Raquel Lema, spokesperson for the workers' representatives, explains that the compañeros punished "are dozens of years" and lists a few: "Visible faces such as Alfonso Hermida, Ana Pérez, Tati Moyano, Marga Pazos, Ana Romaní, Alberto Ordóñez, Nuria López, Mónica Rosas, Carlos Jiménez... plus all the invisibles, Luis Quintas, Celia Díaz, Ana Expósito...".

The Committee has requested in a statement "the dismissal of the management team, starting with the general director", for the "violation of the fundamental rights of workers who are not related to the interests of the Popular Party".

"Citizens are the owners of public media"

In recent months, the Colexio de Xornalistas de Galicia has received requests for protection from professionals from the CRTVG and, given the escalation of the labor conflict, has asked management and the Human Resources department for explanations about the alleged reprisals against the workforce. the corporation.

When not obtaining clarifications, this body that represents Galician journalists addressed the Board of Directors and the parliamentary groups, to which it has denounced (in addition to the "forced and immediate transfers") the "restriction of staff assemblies" just after of the March 6 strike.

Last Wednesday, in the plenary session of the autonomous Parliament, the Galician Nationalist Bloc called for the resignation of the second vice president of the Xunta, Diego Calvo, due to the situation of the CRTVG.

CRTVG staff in a 'black vendor'. Defends Galega

"Galician citizens are the legitimate owners of the public media in this country," BNG deputy María González Albert reminded the political officer.

The parliamentarian gave several examples of "the serious situation, manipulation and harassment" against which the new two-day strike has been called and against which every Friday, for 252 weeks, the Defende a Galega collective has staged rallies with staff mourning dress, known as "black venres".

The new protest calendar takes place just four months after the great demonstration that toured Santiago on November 6 against the "kidnapping" by the Xunta of the public media in Galicia.

As in the previous strike calls, the CRTVG says that it "respects" that "right", but insists that "the majority of the Works Council does not obey the highest representative body, which is the Workers' Assembly".

Regarding the work environment and the "presumed repressions", it refers to "the words of the director general in the Control Commission of the Parliament of Galicia in February".

According to Sánchez Izquierdo, "since 2019, on a staff of nearly a thousand workers, Human Resources opened 48 files, 47 minor and one serious, which ended with an employment and salary sanction."

These data, the Corporation points out, "were never questioned by the unions calling the strike."

Source: elparis

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