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Venezuelan telecommunication authority investigates break in transmission

After the footage of a Harry Potter film leaked into the obligatory simultaneous broadcast of Thursday, November 15, groups of journalists requested the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) to start an investigation into private news TV channel Globovisión

OCARINA ESPINOZA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Friday November 16, 2012  01:56 PM
The Venezuelan National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) is preparing an inquest into private news TV channel Globovisión due to the footage leaked from a Harry Potter film during an obligatory simultaneous broadcast featuring President Hugo Chávez on Thursday, November 15.

The request for investigation was made by community media outlets, journalists' collectives and state-run media outlets.

Conatel director Pedro Maldonado noted that in view of the claim, the government agency would undertake "technical and juridical" inquiries to ascertain "the appropriateness of the complaint and any grounds to commence a penalty administrative proceeding due to the break in the transmission."

Maldonado related that on Thursday evening, at the time of the break, he was called by Carlos Zuloaga, the vice-president of the news TV channel. Zuluoga explained that they had no idea of what had caused the incident and promised to make an internal review.

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Translated by Conchita Delgado
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