Ex-DG of public broadcaster bidding for STA director
Ljubljana, 7 October - Igor Kadunc, a former director general of the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, has confirmed he has applied for the post of director of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA). He is the sole candidate to have applied.
"I have nothing to hide. If only one application has arrived at the STA, it will be mine," Kadunc said in a post on his Facebook profile, adding that he applied after he learnt Bojan Veselinovič would not bid for the post again.
Veselinovič resigned as STA director on 30 September after talks with the Government Communication Office (UKOM) on the agreement on the STA public service for the current year failed. The STA has not received any state funding for the service this year.
Veselinovič's second five-year term was to run out on 31 December. A call for applications to appoint a new director was published on 1 September. By the 1 October deadline only one application arrived.
Kadunc said he applied because he (rightly) assessed that no experienced manager would apply, because the STA faced an uncertain future and because of the very demanding requirements in the call, including 10 years of work experience in or of the media, including at least five years of leadership experience.
"I applied because even the UKOM director, if I understood him correctly, said the government side does not have a candidate."
He believes the STA deserves a director who will cope with the challenges it faces after being financially starved. He also believes that anyone who can help must do so.
The director is appointed by the STA supervisory board. Meeting yesterday, the board decided to take more time to examine whether the candidate who applied in fact meets all the requirements.
The board also got acquainted with Veselinovič's resignation. His proposal for his notice period to expire in less than 30 days was not accepted so he is staying on as director until 30 October.