New national broadcaster chief wants ex-colleague from delfi.lt as deputy

Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

“We worked with Oganauskas at delfi.lt for a long time. He is a professional bursting with new ideas, he is reliable and loved by people on the team,” Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė told BNS on Friday.

Oganauskas and Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė went to school together and later proceeded to build the delfi.lt news portal from scratch. Oganauskas’ latest position is the head of the delfi.lt’s television branch.

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Deputies of the LRT general manager are appointed by the LRT council, which also decides on the number of deputies. Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė says she is still undecided on other possible deputies. The nomination of Oganauskas’ will be discussed at the council’s meeting on April 17.

Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė was elected LRT general manager on March 20 and took office on Wednesday.

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She took over the post from Audrius Siaurusevičius who had headed the national broadcaster for two terms from 2008.

LRT currently includes three television channels, three radio channels and a news portal. This year, state allocations to the national broadcaster stand at 36.5 million euros, which makes the bulk of the company’s budget.

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