TV3 pays too much (sic) for translation services

The Catalan regional Audit Office reports that TV3, the Catalan state broadcaster, has been awarding contracts

without complying with ‘the principles of openness, competition, transparency, confidentiality, equality and non-discrimination’, and without ensuring their allocation ‘to the most economically advantageous tender.’

I never expected to blog a case of translators being overpaid, but that will have been the inevitable consequence of the English translation pool used for dubbing services having been closed to new applicants since 2001. Whether down to corruption or extreme incompetence, it’s surely been a nice little earner for those involved.

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Barcelona (477):

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Föcked Translation (413): I posted to a light-hearted blog called Fucked Translation over on Blogger from 2007 to 2016, when I was often in Barcelona. Its original subtitle was "What happens when Spanish institutions and businesses give translation contracts to relatives or to some guy in a bar who once went to London and only charges 0.05€/word." I never actually did much Spanish-English translation (most of my work is from Dutch, French and German) but I was intrigued and amused by the hubristic Spanish belief, then common, that nepotism and quality went hand in hand, and by the nemeses that inevitably followed.

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Televisió de Catalunya (1): Televisió de Catalunya is the public broadcasting network of Catalonia, one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. It is part of the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals, a public corporation created by the Generalitat de Catalunya by a Founding Act in 1983.

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