Mar 062014

No firm decision has been made, but the Spanish Government is said to be considering the closure of TVE’s international signal. The high cost of maintaining the worldwide channel and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ negative report concerning the channel may drive the network to closure.

According to PR Noticias, the ministry thinks the channel is damaging to Spain’s international image. In addition, running TVE Internacional is too expensive when compared to the income and investment it generates.

The channel is a reference for the Spanish community abroad, as well as the Latin audience. The channel currently broadcasts news programmes and its own fictional productions, which, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are not improving Spain’s image internationally.

The broadcasting of the channel involves renting satellite frequencies around the world and distribution deals with several cable and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms, which increases the price of keeping it on air.

This new situation adds to the delicate financial situation of TVE – which may return to private advertising – and the never-ending debate about restructuring the DTT schedule.



  One Response to “Spanish Government considers closing TVE Internacional”

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I don’t see that the image of Spain is going to change by allowing Spanish people having to leave in England because they have no jobs there and they have no choice but to immigrate to give their families a choice of a better live. We have other European channels why not Spanish channels. We are about 300 people only in Northampton and possible loads of more population of spanish people in UK. Life is bad enough to have to move to move from your own country and it will be lovely to be able to have some sort of enjoying knowing that you can sit and relax watching your favourite Spanish programmes you use to watch when you were living there.

    Yours sincerely
    Mayte Romero de Grundy

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