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The deficit of the Télam agency does not stop growing: it will lose almost $16 million per day in 2023


According to forecasts, this year it will need an extra $5,735 million to be able to function, 73.5% more than in 2022, according to the budget approved by Minister Sergio Massa.

The official state news and advertising agency Télam 

will lose $5,735 million this year

, about

15.7 million pesos per day

, according to the 2022 Action Plan and Budget approved this Wednesday by the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa.

It's about $16 million a day.

If the official budget is met, the operating losses in the company managed by Bernarda Llorente

will have an increase of 73.5% in 2023, compared to the $3,305 million deficit expected in 2022.

In Resolution No. 323, which was published in the Official Gazette, it is established that this year

operating income will be $12,288 million pesos and expenses $18,023 million

, with a staff that will drop slightly, from 767 to 755 employees, according to as provided in its Staffing.

In any case,

the main expense of the state news agency is not in human resources,

but in the area of ​​goods and services, based on an intensive works plan undertaken by the current administration.

Of the total operating expenses, there will be

only a third to pay the salaries of the personnel

and another $10,866 million in the heading of "goods and services".

"Llorente's management spends a lot of money painting walls, signage, spare parts and they even set up a new multimedia studio, which

was inaugurated in the middle of last year and is used by almost no one,"

said an agency source, who asked to remain anonymous. .

And another source questioned the trip two weeks ago of three Télam employees


cover "the first stream from Antarctica" of the influencers Nati Jota and Momo

, a few days after the visit of Bernarda Llorente, Alberto Fernández and other officials, where the President announced the creation of an "itinerant correspondent" of the agency in the antartida.

The announcement of the state news agency Télam with Nati Jota and Momo as protagonists.

The recent transfer of the head of the Télam web portal, Martiniano Nemirovsci

(hierarchical staff and son of the former Kirchner deputy for Río Negro, Osvaldo Nemirovsci), to be a correspondent in Bariloche, "where the agency already has a collaborator,


beyond the other two correspondents that Télam has in El Bolsón and Viedma", in the province of Río Negro.

Those who analyze the Télam budget were surprised by the $12,288 million expected for this year of operating income.

"Probably the distribution of official advertising is counted there,

because the income obtained as a news agency is very low," said a specialist in the sector consulted by Clarín.


wanted to communicate with the Télam authorities, so that they detail this information, but received no response.

In addition to the questions about the losses and the opacity in the dissemination of information about Télam, Llorente is also questioned about the

lack of pluralism in journalistic coverage and a "familiar" management in the public media.

It is that the political notes are almost always with

 officials of the national government and Kirchner leaders

, while the opposition appears in general linked to their conflicts and protests against their provincial governments and those of the city of Buenos Aires.

Llorente is the wife of Defense Minister Jorge Taiana.

In addition, the mother of the president of Télam,

Susana Sanz,

was appointed in 2020 as director of Gender and Diversity at Radio and Television Argentina, the company managed by Rosario Lufrano.

At that time, her son

De ella Francisco Taiana

was appointed as director of Federal Integration and International Cooperation in the Ministry of Culture.

And Llorente herself

incorporated her young niece Lucía Borello Taiana

(daughter of Mercedes, the sister of the Defense Minister) into Télam, who removed her second last name in the notes she signs in the state news agency, where she publishes as Lucía Borello .

While Llorente's niece was lucky enough to be able to enter Télam without a contest;

In March of last year

, journalist Pablo Pla was fired "without cause"


And that led to the repudiation of the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA), which stated in a statement that he was fired "after a series of intimidating internal provisions with a high ideological content."

Several journalists classified as "accomplices of the previous Macrista management"

cannot go to work at the agency

 and are given tasks that do not correspond to their training, to be carried out at home.

These journalists prefer not to publicly question this situation, to avoid being fired after Pla's dismissal.

A journalist from Télam harassed Alejandro Méndez in January 2020 with his "traitors" shirt, who had management responsibilities during the macrismo and was fired last month.

That "ideological cleansing" continued this year, when

last month they fired Alejandro Méndez

, deputy secretary general of Télam's newsroom.

First they gave him to do the Ephemeris.

And then they wanted to retire him because he had turned 65.

But before his refusal, since he asked to continue working for five more years,

they fired him for "abandonment of work" in the middle of his vacations,

they stopped paying his salary and everything indicates that he will go to another millionaire lawsuit, which will pay for the next management in Télam. .

Méndez had hierarchical responsibilities in the state agency during the Macrista administration and

was one of the main harassed at the beginning of the Llorente administration

, when in January 2020 the journalist from the Economy section Leandro Selén walked around harassing him with a "traitors" T-shirt. , as published at the time by



crossed accusations

"I am convinced that Télam does not perform any function

and that it has been a propaganda tool for practically all governments. It is an agency that has more employees than the largest agencies in the world," said the former Secretary of Culture, Pablo Avelluto,


statements to Continental Radio.

Avelluto participated in the writing and presentation of the latest book by Mauricio Macri,

"Para qué"

, where the former president proposed a sharp reduction in the deficit in public companies.

Sources close to the former president highlighted to


that, in case they win the next elections, they plan

a general restructuring in Télam, Public TV and Radio Nacional.

The internal union commissions of these public media, grouped in the Buenos Aires Press Union (Sipreba), maintained in a statement that

"those who attack the public media are those who could not empty them"

, who seek to "reduce or directly eliminate these media in case of winning the 2023 elections".

Télam workers have a history of conflicts over the dismissals of their staff, which was highlighted in mid-2018, when

Rodolfo Pousá's Macrista management fired 357 employees

, of whom more than 200 were reinstated due to court rulings, after massive demonstrations, strikes and the seizure of their Buenos Aires headquarters in Bolívar and Belgrano avenue.

look too

They denounce a manager of Public TV and Radio Nacional for workplace harassment

Source: clarin

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