Colombia. After the approval in the first debate of the project of law of modernization TIC, a controversy has been untied by the affectation that could have the television if the project is approved as it is raised, which is being processed with message of urgency on the part of the Government.

The last to join the criticism was the journalist Yamid Amat, who at the start of his Yamid Question program last Monday, 10, said: "Our program tonight is a cry for warning about the risks that television is running in Colombia. public. The bill that is about to be approved in Congress, which was presented by the government on the modernization of telecommunications in Colombia, supposes, and it must be said so clearly, the withering of public television and the agony of the 1 channel. "

The renowned journalist explained that the project eliminates the $ 128.000 million private channels that have to pay for the next 10 years and, in addition, extends the license to 20 more years. They will pay only 2.2% of their commercial participation. These benefits do not include public television and the 1 Channel.

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He added that "It is not that the 1 Channel and public television are against the benefits of private television. It is that the private and public television is being affected in a serious way with the OTT platforms, such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, which are competing strongly with public and private television. The problem is that on the one hand the project wilts television in Colombia, both public and private. For example, the North American investment fund that has allowed the survival of 1 Channel would be meditating if it leaves Colombia for that unequal treatment ".

In the same program, the analyst Ómar Rincón intervened, who stressed that the project is well oriented but seek to affect public television for the benefit of connectivity. In addition, the project called convergent does not include Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and Apple, because the business of these platforms is television content.

Ómar Rincón pointed out the project that "is not convergence because it does not include OTT platforms; it does not have content sovereignty, it does not talk about contents, it does not protect the national industry in content production and it leaves the OTTs without regulation of content; and the most serious is that it is governmentalized, because the contents will be handled by the ICT Ministry ".

These voices are added to many others that have questioned the project, such as regional channels. Also, several associations of the sector came together to make repairs to the project in six points:

  • The exploitation and use of the radio spectrum.
  • The independence of the convergent regulator and the public media.
  • The definition of fair compensation for operators of telecommunications services such as cable and television services.
  • The definition of policies for the promotion of audiovisual content for education and culture.
  • The revision of the television model and public media for the country.
  • Prior consultation and review of project impacts with social organizations

In social networks the hashtag # latvpúblicasedefiende has become massive

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
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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