Venezuelan Minister of Telecommunications and IT Jesse Chacón
claimed the Radio and Television Social Responsibility Law
(Resorte) does not need to be reformed to make television
channels broadcasting on cable TV and "making productions
for the Venezuelan society" to abide by its regulations, such
as RCTV Internacional, Canal de Noticias and Zulia Urbe TV.
"The truth is a (radio and television) responsibility law
is in force since 2004 and we have to enforce it. This law
is supposed to govern anyone making productions for the Venezuelan
society directly, either on cable television or open signal,"
Chacón told local Unión Radio station.
He clarified that amending the law to make cable television
channels broadcast the Venezuelan anthem and President Hugo
Chávez' speeches is merely a proposal made by Minister
of Communication and Information William Lara.
Such proposal "needs to be assessed within the legal and
technological framework. This debate has not been held yet.
All we have is a proposal that needs to be developed by its
proponent. Once we sit down and consider the technical aspects,
we are going to make a decision."
Regarding the situation of RCTV, which is broadcasting on
paid television as of July 16, following President Hugo Chávez'
decision not to renew its broadcast license to transmit on
open signal, Chacón said: "They (RCTV) are broadcasting
on cable television, and the cable company has an obligation
to meet the law. In the event that any channel is found to
break the law, and considering that the broadcasting company
is a subscription system operating in Venezuela, then the
relevant notice of non-compliance shall be delivered and the
relevant moves shall be made."