Journalists in Venezuela Demand More Public Media

Journalists in Venezuela Demand More Public Media

It seems that the next frontier of the battle between government versus commercial media is moving to the airwaves. While television has become more evenly represented in viewership, like newspapers, the majority of radio listened to by most Venezuelans is in the hands of the opposition media. This has led to the Venezuelan government’s push to subsidize local radio stations, which compete with commercial stations, less for audiences, but more for spectrum.   Despite whatever political motivations may be behind the Chavez government promoting local radio stations, the government campaign to subsidize community stations in Venezuela could be seen as a window of opportunity to foster the growth of public media in radio by spreading audience viewership more evenly across government, commercial, and locally-run radio stations.  Read more…

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~ by rebejellis on May 10, 2012.

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