Chair of RTVE

The Chair of RTVE, officially Chair of the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation, is the head of the RTVE Corporation and of the RTVE Board. The chair of RTVE is the chief executive of the corporation and chairs the Board, convene its meetings and execute its guidelines. The chair is appointed by the majority of the Congress of Deputies.

Chair of RTVE
Presidente de RTVE
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Rosa María Mateo

since 27 July 2018
Spanish Radio and Television Corporation
StyleThe Most Excellent
Member ofRTVE Board
Reports toCongress of Deputies
RTVE Board
SeatTorrespaña Complex
AppointerCongress of Deputies
Term lengthSix years, no renewable
Constituting instrumentRadio and Television of State Ownership Act of 2006
PrecursorDirector-General of RTVE
First holderLuis Fernández Fernández
Salary201,367.74 annually (2018)[1]

Currently, both chair and board are vacant due to a parliamentary deadlock. Because of this, and until the Congress is able to reach an agreement, on July 27, 2018 Rosa María Mateo was appointed provisional sole administrator, a position which possesses all the powers of the chairship and bhe Board.


The powers of the chair of the RTVE Board and of the RTVE Corporation are regulated in Section II of the Radio and Television of State Ownership Act of 2006:[2]

  • To execute and enforce the agreements of the board
  • To prepare the formulation of the annual accounts of each fiscal year in accordance with commercial legislation
  • To prepare the operating and capital budget draft of the RTVE Corporation
  • To prepare the annual report on the management of the RTVE Corporation and its subsidiaries and on the fulfillment of the public service missions entrusted, the program contract with the State and the other economic and financial obligations assumed by the RTVE Corporation due to its public nature
  • To execute the general guidelines of action of the RTVE Corporation approved by the Board, as well as execute the principles that the said body approves on production, commercial activity and programming on state radio and television
  • To approve and celebrate the acts, contracts and legal business in matters and amounts agreed by the board
  • To propose to the Board the approval of the basic organization of the RTVE Corporation and its subsidiaries
  • To propose to the Board the appointment and removal of the first level officials of the RTVE Corporation
  • To direct and coordinate the activities of the governing bodies of the RTVE Corporation in accordance with the guidelines of the board
  • To propose to the Board the appointment and removal, at the General Meeting, of the administrators of the subsidiaries
  • The senior management of the staff and services of the RTVE Corporation under the basic guidelines established by the board
  • To be responsible for the automated files of the RTVE Corporation and ensure compliance with personal data protection legislation
  • During an electoral process, to act as a communication body between the electoral administration and the board

Delegation of powersEdit

In accordance with article 21 of the Radio and Television of State Ownership Act, the Board may delegate to the President any other power of the Board, which will require the approval of the majority of two thirds of its components. However, the law itself limits this delegation; the Board cannot delegate its powers in matters related to the appointment of first-level personnel, to economic-budgetary matters, to internal control bodies, those related to the fundamental right of Article 20.3 of the Constitution or the proposal to remove a member of the Board.

Appointment, removal and sole administratorEdit


In accordance with Royal Decree-Law 4/2018, of June 22, which specifies, urgently, the legal regime applicable to the designation of the Board of the RTVE Corporation and its Chair, the Congress of Deputies is the body responsible for electing the Chair of the Corporation and of the Board, by a two-thirds majority, among the ten members that make up the Board. If this majority is not reached and, after 48 hours, the Congress must vote again and an absolute majority will be sufficient to confirm the candidate to Chair of RTVE.[3]


The removal of the chair of the Corporation complies with the general requirements for the removal of the rest of the members of the Board:

  • Resignation
  • End of the term
  • Removal approved by a two-thirds majority of the Congress of Deputies, at the proposal of the RTVE Board, by:
    • Permanent inability to exercise the office
    • Firm conviction for any malicious crime
    • A conflict of interest with other office or personal activity
    • Reasoned agreement
  • Decision of the Congress of Deputies by a two-thirds majority of its members

Sole administratorEdit

The position of sole administrator is a figure included in the Capital Companies Act of 2010. The sole administrator is a position that assumes all the powers of a company for its administration.[4] The Radio and Television of State Ownership Act includes this possibility, although in its article 22 it prohibits that the Chair of the Corporation that has been removed, along with the rest of the Board, due to a bad economic management may occupy this position.

In 2018, a reform was introduced in the form of the election of the chair, which requires that if after fifteen days, there were still not enough majorities to appoint the Board members, the Government shall propose a sole provisional administrator to assume the powers of both the Board and the Chair of the Corporation with the same previous procedure. This Sole Provisional Administrator shall be responsible for the administration and representation of the Corporation until the appointments of the Board members occur.[3] This exceptional clause was first used on July 27, 2018, naming Rosa María Mateo as sole administrator with 180 votes in favor of the 350 possible.[5]

List of chairsEdit


Source (until 2012):[6]

  • Alfredo Guijarro Alcocer (1945–1951)
  • Jesús Suevos Fernández-Jove (1951–1957)
  • José María Revuelta Prieto (1957–1962)
  • Roque Pro Alonso (1962–1964)
  • Jesús Aparicio-Bernal Sánchez (1964–1969)
  • Adolfo Suárez (1969–1973)
  • Rafael Orbe Cano (1973–1974)
  • Juan José Rosón Pérez (1974)
  • Jesús Sancho Rof (1974–1975)
  • Gabriel Peña Aranda (1975–1976)
  • Rafael Ansón Oliart (1976–1977)
  • Fernando Arias-Salgado y Montalvo (1977–1981)
  • Fernando Castedo Álvarez (1981)
  • Carlos Robles Piquer (1981–1982)
  • Eugenio Nasarre Goicoechea (1982)
  • José María Calviño Iglesias (1982–1986)
  • Pilar Mercedes Miró Romero (1986–1989)
  • Luis Solana (1989–1990)
  • Jordi García Candau (1990–1996)
  • Mónica Ridruejo Ostrowska (1996–1997)
  • Fernando López-Amor García (1997–1998)
  • Pío Cabanillas Alonso (1998–2000)
  • Javier González Ferrari (2000–2002)
  • José Antonio Sánchez Domínguez (2002–2004)
  • María del Carmen Caffarel Serra (2004–2006)

Chair or PresidentEdit

  • Luis Fernández Fernández (2006–2009)
  • Alberto Oliart Saussol (2009–2011)
  • Leopoldo González-Echenique (2012–2014)
  • José Antonio Sánchez Domínguez (2014–2018)[7]
  • Rosa María Mateo (2018–) (as Sole Administrator)[5]


  1. ^ RTVE (2018-09-24). "Remuneración presidente". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  2. ^ "Radio and Television of State Ownership Act of 2006". Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  3. ^ a b "Royal Decree-Law 4/2018, of June 22, which specifies, urgently, the legal regime applicable to the appointment of the Board of Directors of the RTVE Corporation and its Chair". Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  4. ^ "Capital Companies Act of 2010". Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  5. ^ a b Alberola, Miquel; Gómez, Rosario G. (2018-07-27). "Rosa María Mateo, administradora de RTVE tras lograr el 'sí' del Congreso". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  6. ^ Bustamante, Enrique. (21 November 2013). Historia de la radio y la televisión en España : una asignatura pendiente de la democracia. Barcelona. ISBN 9788497845700. OCLC 991898022.
  7. ^ "José Antonio Sánchez, elegido por el Congreso presidente de RTVE". (in Spanish). 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2019-09-05.