The RTVE Interactive Media News Council has expressed its disagreement “with the tone and content of the broadcast of the Goya Awards red carpet on RTVE Play by an external contributor”. In this way, the News Council spoke out this Monday against the attitude and words of Inés Hernand in the moments before the Goya ceremony last Saturday.
We are attaching our statement about what happened during the broadcast of the Goya Awards 2024 red carpet on RTVE Play.
Not everything works… 👇 pic.twitter.com/lMWsXQOwbz
— RTVE.es News Council (@cdirtve_es) February 12, 2024
Although the statement does not quote the creators of the content, their words refer to the brief meeting that Hernand had with Pedro Sánchez at the event and which had already caused a lot of criticism on social networks because it seemed as if he cheers on the president of the government. The host asked him about the last movie he saw and his opinion on “The Snow Society.” “I didn’t like it, I loved it,” Sanchez said. As the politician leaves, Hernand shouts at him: “You are an icon, President, we love you!”, a moment shared by the communicator herself in their social networks and in whose replies one can read both complaints about his behavior and praise from his followers.
“Although we convey a relaxed, alternative tone and are tailored to a young audience, we believe that all content bearing the RTVE brand must meet the quality and neutrality standards set out in and within the RTVE Style Book “Information Act,” said the statement from the RTVE Interactive Media News Council, republished from the RTVE News Council's official X account. And he adds: “Apart from other more than controversial interventions throughout the program (burps, complaints, swear words without context…) it seems to us that the flattering tone towards a government president, whatever the sign, is not true.” Meaning: “It has a place on public radio and television that is for everyone.” The council, the text says, will ask those responsible at RTVE Play, where the program was broadcast, for clarification.
Inés Hernand responded to the statement and the criticism in another tweet, although without direct mention of the News Council text. “I am committed to entertainment and, frankly, I am happy to fulfill my role,” he said a few hours after the body that ensures free information and independence of workers in the digital sector of RTVE made its position public.
He turns to the district president, calls him “Presi” and finally shouts: “You are an icon, we love you!” An unbearable maneuver: It violates some rules of the Information Act and the Style Book of @rtve. They are already slow to take action. https://t.co/NvZI4APyVf
— José Ramón Patterson (@joseramonpatter) February 11, 2024
It is not the first controversy involving Inés Hernand for a similar reason. In June 2023, RTVE removed the Gen Playz program special celebrating LGTBI+ pride from its digital platform. At one point in the broadcast, Hernand asserted: “I have to say that the good guys always win. “Although the violence is structural, I have no doubt about the victory of a progressive government in the next general election.”
A few hours later, the official account appeared “A statement not provided for in the production company's script could compromise its commitment to neutrality, even though it is an entertainment program,” the statement said. This show was no longer available on the internet at this time.
If you haven't seen it yet. This was said yesterday in a live RTVE broadcast on the eve of an election. A presenter who takes sides and says she is sure a progressive government will win her. pic.twitter.com/BbX0LciaWo
— Carmen Sastre (@Carmensastre12) June 29, 2023
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