RTL Klub replacing its CEO

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Andreas Rudas was appointed interim CEO of TV station RTL Klub, owned by RTL Magyarország effective immediately, RTL Group announced yesterday. Rudas, who was regional vice president of the group responsible for Central Europe and Asia, replaces Dirk Gerkens (pictured), whose contract reportedly came to the end of its term. 

There was speculation earlier this year that RTL Group might agree to replace Gerkens, who had been openly feuding with the government and airing critical news reports, if officials agreed to lower the advertising tax, which left RTL Klub alone in a punishingly high tax bracket.

The government recently proposed a new, lower tax, but the company and governement officials have denied any concessions by the TV station. The company will elect a new CEO at a later date, most probably a Hungarian, in order to “strengthen the relationship with Hungarian society,” RTL’s news program revealed yesterday.

Under Gerkens’ leadership since 2001, RTL became the leading TV channel in Hungary. Gerkens will reportedly continue to work for RTL in a senior executive position.

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