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."
Economic Impact of Border Shutdown
BORDERS The members of the National Council of Trade and Services (Consecomercio) have appealed to the diplomacy of Venezuela and Colombia to build bridges of understanding and agreement for a solution to the problems on the border.
BORDERS The Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber of Economic Integration (Cavecol) bets on conciliation and volunteers as "factor of understanding" between the parties in view of the situation resulting from the shutdown of the Venezuela-Colombia border, reiterated Cavecol CEO Víctor Montiel.
BORDERS A shutdown for 72 hours of the Venezuela-Colombia border results in over USD 400,000 in losses and harms about 100,000 people, disclosed on Friday Edgar Díaz, the governor of Colombian department of Norte de Santander (northeast). He added that the situation in the area is "in full calm."