May 27, the 20-year concession to broadcast over the state-owned Channel 2 airwave, which had been granted to multi-millionaire Marcel Granier’s RCTV, expired. The Chavez government made the decision, in accordance with laws established by a pre-Chavez government, not to renew RCTV’s concession, but instead to use the channel to establish a new public TV station, Venezuelan Social Television (TVes). Opposition forces organised protest demonstrations which were widely reported throughout the western media. No mention was made of the pro-Chavez demonstrations which brought out nearly ten times more people, applauding the government action.
Mp3: 4.6Mb. Mono 32 kbps. 16mins.Warwick Fry -LatinRadical -NimFM
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Stuart comments:MP3 of the interview I did yesterday with Warwick Fry from Nimbin Radio on the RCTV case and media in Venezuela. Warwick commented that a lot of peopel he had spoken to were confused by the SBS coverage of th issue, which is not at all surprising, but I think there is a real angle with the community media in Venezuela, and the promotion of independent media producers, which he pushed in the interview.