Agência Brasil reports.
Changes were announced this week in the programming and staff of São Paulo public broadcaster TV Cultura. Fifty-sex employees of the journalism,, production and other departments will be leaving the station, while Metropolis host Cadão Volpato is on the list of names that will no longer work for the public broadcaster maintained by the Padre Anchieta Foundation.
This overhaul of the work force comes with the announcement of two new programs, produced by the Folha de S. Paulo daily and Editora Abril’s Veja magazine. Critics denounce the move as an assault on editorial independence.
With the departer of Volpato, the host of «Metrópolis»’ since September 2010, the program will undergo adjustments to its format. TV Cultura management announced that the show will receive a new set and a new anchor, and will be moved to a new hour.
Without naming the new host, TV Cultura says the program will be now run daily and will cover literature, theater, film and music. The broadcaster said that ‘Vitrine’, ‘Entre Linhas’ and ‘Cultura Retrô’ will be canceled to make room for the show.
Also to be canceled is «Great Moments in Sports». Regarding the cancellations, TV Cultura management says these adjustments are normal in the context of the channel’s new phase and points to new programs that have debuted this week …
Regarding layoffs, Cultura says these are the result of a strategy that seeks to «offer new attractions to the view and adjust programming accordingily. The layoffs drew criticism from the São Paulo journalists union, however. “It is unacceptable for these layoffs to take place just as new employment opportunities are opening up,” said union head.José Augusto Camargo.