De Aguirre has been at the helm of the public channel since 2016 and his exit comes amid the acute crisis that affects the station, which accumulates losses of $ 11.159 million until September, and is undergoing a strong wave of layoffs. "I hope Chile's public television will find the way to guarantee a healthy and sustainable future," the television man said in a letter to officials, announcing his departure. [ACTUALIZADA]
Jaime de Aguirre said on Thursday his "irrevocable resignation" to the post of chief executive officer in the midst of the acute crisis that runs through the public channel.
"I know that together we experience very complex moments for the company that, as we all know, is inserted in a changing industry. It has not been an easy path and will not be in the short term," said the television man who has held the position since 2016.
De Aguirre's departure underscores the difficult situation that affects TVN and adds to the resignation of the council's president, Francisco Orrego, who was not able to be 8 months in office, and decided to leave. In addition, the public channel has been shaken by red numbers (accumulating losses of $ 11,159 million through September), a complex capitalization and a wave of layoffs that keeps its workers on the alert.
Amid this scenario of uncertainty, De Aguirre made a plea in his letter to the authorities and political sectors, noting that "I hope that Chilean public television will find the way to guarantee a healthy and sustainable future." In addition, I would like the authorities and opinion leaders to understand the responsibility that lies on the shoulders, that is, contribute with intelligence and sensitivity to the projection of this magnificent medium of communication.
De Aguirre was named as one of those responsible for the bad moment of the season, as well as President Sebastian Piñera himself, who yesterday in an interview in TVN's "Llegó tu hora" program said that the station "should have reacted before" in a open criticism to the administration of De Aguirre.
In his farewell to TVN, Orrego also shot the television man when he said at the time that "while the administration of TVN is still in the hands of the same people who have led to the current crisis, it will not be possible to advance the channel."
Yesterday, in his visit to the channel, Piñera talked to De Aguirre about the crisis of the station and his plans to get the channel out of this situation. One of the ideas presented by the president is a project to modify the organic law of the channel, which includes – among others – a formula to remove the executive director, precisely the position that De Aguirre occupied until today.
Then the complete missive of Jaime de Aguirre:
I am writing to you for the last time to tell you that I have submitted my irrevocable resignation as of today to the post of Executive Director, which I accepted almost two years ago and in which I put all my experience and dedication.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your cooperation and professionalism. I know that together we experience very complex moments for the company that, as we all know, is inserted in an ever changing sector. It has not been an easy path and will not be short-term.
I hope Chile's public television will find the way to guarantee a healthy and sustainable future. In addition, I would like the authorities and opinion makers to understand the responsibility that lies with them, that is, to contribute intelligence and sensitivity to the projection of this magnificent medium of communication.
TVN has an important role to play in Chilean society in defending democratic values, pluralism and national identity. This requires strong economic, political and spiritual support from those who manage TVN on behalf of the owners, who are all Chileans.
I trust that the right paths will be found for this to happen.
Jaime de Aguirre Hoffa