The Venezuelan subscription TV association reported Thursday
that it would request a meeting with government authorities
to voice disagreement with a reform intended to impose compulsory
joint broadcasting of President Chávez' addresses to
Mario Seijas, the chair of the Venezuelan Subscription Television Chamber (Cavetesu), told reporters that the copyright law prevents these TV stations from making any changes on programming.
For this reason, there is no possibility of cutting the programming in order to join compulsory broadcasting, he maintained.
Seijas expects to explain this matter during the meetings requested to the authorities of the Ministry of Communication and Information, the Ministry of Telecommunications and the National Telecommunications Council (Conatel), Efe reported.
Out of the 150 member channels of the association, almost a half is operated and produced abroad. In addition, "there is no technological way to make them engage in joint broadcasting."
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OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
PDVSA Russian oil giant Rosneft said on Monday that it had signed a new oil and byproducts supply agreement with Venezuelan state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).