Veran Matic

Veran Matić

Veran Matić (Serbian Cyrillic Веран Матић), born in 1962, is the Chief Executive Officer of B92.

Career

Matić has been engaged in journalism since 1984 with alternative and youth media in Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana. He began his career with NTV Studio B. In May 1989 he founded Radio B92.

The station was banned several times, but managed to continue broadcasting until it was taken over by a group close to the government in April 1999. On March 24 1999, just hours before the NATO air strikes against FR Yugoslavia began, the station was banned and Matic was briefly detained by police. Despite the ban, the station continued to broadcast via the Internet until the take-over.

Under his guidance, Radio B92 had set up and developed its numerous sectors:

  • Internet centre - OpenNet.
  • a publishing division which produced more than 30 titles, including books of research and commentary on the wars in the former Yugoslavia and minority rights, and three magazines
  • the Cinema REX cultural centre, a venue for the alternative and progressive culture scene
  • a film and video division, the winner of a number of national and international awards
  • a CD label which featured young and progressive artists in FR Yugoslavia.

During 2000, he launches and leads one of surely the biggest projects within regional networking – in order to overcome the banning of B92 in Belgrade, and with the assistance of its partners from Romania and Bosnia & Herzegovina, he founded a network covering largest part of Serbia, which has done its best to help in informing the citizens regarding the big Belgrade march, which brought about silent change of power. In this way, Television B92 has been born, broadcast first via satellite and through regional networks, starting its daily broadcasting in Belgrade as well, on October 5, 2001.

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