Colombia. After the protests of all the operators of public television in Colombia, the National Government decided to withdraw the bill that contemplated suppressing and liquidating the ANTV and distribute the other competences in the matter of television and sound broadcasting.

In a letter sent by the Regional and National Public Television channels: Canal Capital, Canal Trece, Canal TRO, Teleantioquia, Telecafé, Telecaribe, Teleislas, Telepácifico and RTVC, indicated that the modifications made to the project initially presented by the ICT Ministry at 17 October of 2017.

In its communication, the public TV highlighted that these modifications impact the resources for public television in the following way:
• The resources of the FONTV are destined to attend one hundred percent of the institutional cost of the new entity.
• The Min TIC project included the possibility that FONTIC would make periodic transfers to the FONTV to contribute to the financing of public television. Such proposal, however, was not taken into account in the presentation for the first debate.
• A maximum compensation rate of 1.96% of the gross income of the providers with qualifying title is established, it could decrease the value of the contribution of the closed television in the FONTV by more than 60%. In this sense, the original project calls for maintaining the resources of both funds and thus protect the resources of public television.
• The percentage of consideration referred to in the previous paragraph is not the product of a sectoral and market economic study; the paper for the first debate, without reason or technical support, eliminated the possibility that the Mintic project included to carry out a study to determine the value of the consideration.

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The channels concluded that the result of approving this project is the probable disappearance of Public Television, due to a decrease of $ 123 billion pesos (only for the 2019) with a greater decrease every year.

In its request to withdraw from the project, the TC Ministry, according to the arguments of the public TV, said that the power that was going to be discussed is against the public television industry in Colombia.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Editor
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.

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