‘TBS support abolition’ city council discussion begins… Seoul Metropolitan Government “Agrees to Ordinance”


View of the Seoul City Council (provided by the Seoul City Council)
The Seoul City Council began a full-fledged discussion on the ordinance bill regarding the repeal of the ordinance stipulating Seoul’s support for TBS. Although the city of Seoul agreed to abolish the support for TBS proposed by the People’s Power, city councilors from the opposition Democratic Party of Korea argued for the repeal of the ordinance on the basis of ‘violation of higher laws’.

On the morning of the 20th, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee of the Seoul City Council proposed the ‘Ordinance to abolish the Ordinance on the Establishment and Operation of the Seoul Media Foundation TBS’ and started discussing it. The ordinance bill is aimed at privatizing and suspending budget support by excluding TBS from the city’s funding agencies.

Choi Ho-jeong, a representative of the city council who proposed the ordinance, said, “The value of radio traffic broadcasting service has disappeared due to technological development such as navigation apps and the growing demand for immediate real-time traffic guidance.” He said that they should be excluded from the institution and run independently to the private sector.

Members of the National Media Workers’ Union hold a press conference in front of the Seosomun Annex of the Seoul City Council in Jung-gu, Seoul on the morning of the 20th, calling for the withdrawal of the TBS Ordinance and the withdrawal of budget cuts. 2022.9.20/News 1
In response, Choi Won-seok, the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Public Relations Planning Officer, said, “Since the traffic information function of TBS has virtually declined, we actively agree with the purpose of the ordinance to review the function and respond promptly to changing citizens’ demands.”

However, the Public Relations Office Choi added that the current regulations on special hiring practices for TBS employees and the preparations for contributing assets, which are stipulated in the by-laws of the ordinance bill, may violate current laws, so a close review is necessary.

In the appendix, if it becomes difficult for current TBS employees to maintain their employment due to the suspension of the city’s budget support for TBS, the city may prefer to hire investment/investment institutions operated by the city or newly established. It contains regulations that allow preparations to be made for property disposal.

In this regard, Kim Ki-duk, a city council member from the Democratic Party of Korea, pointed out that the special hiring rules may violate the principle of equal employment stipulated in the ‘Law on the Management of Local Government-funded and Contributed Institutions’ (Local Invested and Contributed Institutions Act) and the Constitution. . Next, Rep. Kim pointed out that granting the mayor of Seoul the authority to organize assets contributed by the foundation is also not based on the law, thus violating the ‘principle of legal reservation’.

In addition, it was argued that it would be against the law to dissolve a donor institution through the ordinance in a situation where there is no reason for dissolution stipulated in the relevant laws, since stopping the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s support for TBS is effectively abolition of TBS.

Yu Jeong-hee, a city council member from the Democratic Party of Korea, said, “The ordinance is an ordinance that effectively dissolves TBS,” and pointed out that dissolving a donor through an ordinance is an act that goes beyond the ordinance enactment, unless there is a special reason stipulated in the Civil Act and the Local Investment and Participating Institutions Act. .

City Councilor Yoo added, “I hope that a special committee will be formed and discussed to come up with a progressive alternative to TBS after the ordinance is withdrawn or discarded, as the ordinance can be evaluated as illegal.”

Regarding this, the Public Relations Center Choi explained, “I understand that this ordinance is not dissolving TBS, but independence of the foundation.”

In the discussion that day, some argued that the purpose of the ordinance was ‘necessary to privatize the media foundation in order to meet the diverse demands of citizens’. Ai Suru, a city council member from the Democratic Party of Korea, said, “If privatization is achieved, the functions that meet the needs of various citizens may disappear.

Meanwhile, the Moon Kwang Committee will begin the process of collecting opinions on the ordinance on the abolition of TBS support, starting with the proposal on the same day. First, the Moon Kwang Committee will hold a public hearing on the ordinance bill on the 26th. The Moon Kwang Committee plans to proceed with the discussion again based on the opinions gathered at the public hearing.

(Seoul = News 1)


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