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Austrian journalists claim victory in ORF job dispute

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Austrian journalists claim victory in ORF job dispute


Some say getting ahead in the media is more about who know than what you know.

But a protest by journalists at Austrian public television ORF has prevented Niko Pelinka from working his contacts to start a stellar TV career

The 25-year-old member of the ruling Social Democrats had been set to become chief of staff to director general Alexander Wrabetz.

Pelinka was close to the ORF boss and the Social Democrat leadership.

Journalists feared it was an attempt to influence the station’s political coverage and aired this online petition.

It racked up close to half a million hits in just two days.

Pelinka has now withdrawn his bid for the job and plans to pursue other professional interests.

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