Source: Telesur.tv / The Dawn / After almost eleven years, Argentina decided to disassociate itself from Telesur, the news multistate signal broadcasting from Caracas, which is distributed free of charge via satellite to America, Europe and Asia by the Venezuelan government.
Minister of Media and Public Content Hernán Lombardi confirmed the news today, and revealed that the decision was taken because Argentina has no involvement in the content selection of the regional signal, nor has it been involved in its management.
This means that Telesur will stop being aired through the Open Digital Television (TDA) state platform, and because it will no longer be a state signal, it will not be compulsorily included in the grids of all cable operators.
The decision was adopted by Lombardi and Secretary of Public Communication Jorge Grecco, who have already notified the Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra. Thus, Argentina will become the first founding member to leave the company, which has no advertising revenue and began broadcasting on July 1, 2005.
“..This decision is coherent with our plan for public media, in terms of pluralism and austerity”, said Lombardi to the news agency Telam, and added that “we began the process to retire but the idea is to comply with all legal steps, formal and diplomats, so the Argentine State will not have to pay more than you have already paid for this signal”.
Argentina has 16% of the shares of La Nueva Televisora del Sur, C.A. the pluri-state television company, which also includes the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Uruguay.