Gunawadh Back as TVK Director Eleven Days After Resignation

Kem Gunawadh was reinstated as director-general of state broadcaster TVK on Wednesday, less than two weeks after his highly publicized resignation for failing to live broadcast the annual Royal Plowing Ceremony, according to a statement signed by Information Minister Khieu Kanharith.

Acting Director-General Pang Nath denied on Monday that his former boss was back in the hot seat managing the station and said he had returned to work in a different capacity. But the statement released by the Ministry of Information on Wednesday says Mr. Gunawadh’s resignation has been rejected and that he will return to his position.

“After receiving Mr. Gunawadh’s resignation letter on May 17, I invited all high-ranking ministry officials to attend a meeting and the individuals present roundly rejected his resignation from his post as director-general of TVK,” Mr. Kanharith said in the statement.

On Wednesday, Mr. Gunawadh said he was delighted that his superiors had vetoed his decision to resign.

“It was determined by Information Minister Khieu Kanharith that I should continue working to serve the public audience and our state TVK station,” he said.

“Today, I am thankful to our leaders at the Ministry of Information for their encouragement and thankful to the minister…and my TVK colleagues who supported my return to the station to work in the same post.”

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