Pedro Roig resigns as director of Radio/TV Martí.

Posted: 29 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
Miami Herald, 27 August 2010, Juan O. Tamayo: "Radio/TV Martí director Pedro Roig resigned Friday after more than seven years at the head of the often controversial U.S. government stations that broadcast to Cuba. ... 'I hereby submit my resignation from the position of Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), effective Sept. 1, 2010 or at the Board's timely convenience,' Roig wrote. Roig's letter ticked off a series of achievements under his watch, from increasing Radio Martí's signal strength to upgrading its website and adding satellite and airborne transmission capabilities for television broadcasts. ... His resignation came a week after Miami journalist Rui Ferreira wrote in his blog, Herejías y Caipirinhas, that Roig had been fired. Roig flatly denied that report, but acknowledged to friends in private that he was burned out with the job and the politics involved."

Poder, 27 August 2010: "Roig's resignation is likely related to the recent appointment of a new U.S. government Broadcasting Board of Governors which overviews all federal broadcast outlets. The members of the new board are considered less sympathetic to the current management at TV/Radio Marti, especially after a series of Congressional investigations which exposed problems at the network." See previous post about same subject.

E-mail to US international broadcasting employees from BBG chairman Walter Isaacson, 27 August 2010: "The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has accepted, with regret, the resignation of Pedro Roig, who has served for over seven years as director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB). The Board thanks Pedro for his leadership of Radio and TV Martí shepherding program and technological advances as well as constructive cooperative efforts with the Voice of America. Pedro informed me eight months ago of his desire to retire when convenient, and he was gracious enough to agree to stay until our new board was confirmed and he could consult with us during the process of selecting a successor. The Board asked and Pedro has agreed to stay on until his successor is named."