Karolyi have sold Pax TV, his Romanian TV station
Karolyi, the well-known former coach of Nadia
Comaneci, have sold his Romanian TV station, Pax TV,
to a Romanian private University related to Romanian Orthodox
The orthodox religion is the most popular in the country,
even during the communist regime the official (!) data admitting
that more than 85% of population are orthodox.
The TV station, opened two years ago, just before the Christmas,
was a religious-exclusive station. They have started with
a 6-hours program, mostly landscapes documentaries and religious
related stories (including some movies), but was considered
by most Romanians as boring.
Even worst, the station was soon labeled by some press and
people as a sect-oriented one-promoting other religious groups
than orthodox, mostly U.S. inspired and funded.
These sects were seen and described by independent media as
having marketing-aggressive campaigns in Romania, considered
by most a wrong attitude among a conservative population with
a long tradition of orthodox religion, even during times when
going to church during Easter or attenting a marriage inside
church could let you un-employed or...even worst.
No surprise that the Pax TV station of Bela Karolyi
(which was seen more as the front-man, the real owners considered
being a very powerful religious organization from West) have
had financial problems last months and finally ended "in the
hands of enemy"-those of the most powerful religious organization
The monthly expenses to run the station according to the new
owners plans, are around $60 000, which is an important amount
for any church in one of the poorest East European country.
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.