Former Playboy editor wants to get Latvian kids listening to local music

Former Playboy editor wants to get Latvian kids listening to local music

16 May 2017

Latvia’s youth radio station Pieci.lv may be forced to play exclusively Latvian-made music if ex-Playboy editor Ivars Āboliņš gets his way.

A perhaps slightly unexpected defender of local culture, the former editor of the Latvian edition of Playboy now sits on the country’s National Electronic Mass Media Council.

“We have to change [the station’s] social role and to define the channel as a Latvian music channel. In this way we will maintain, defend and strengthen the Latvian language, and Latvian cultural values [...] We can’t finance the UK Top 40 from state money,” he said at the Council’s press conference on 11 May.

According to a report by local news site LSM.lv, the radio station has responded to Mr Āboliņš‘s vision with great surprise. Maybe they expected someone with such a colourful CV to be a little more open-minded?

Source: LSM.lv