Venezuela denies request to launch two anti-Chávez cable channels
March 7th, 2010 - 12:19 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

A request to launch two opposition-aligned cable channels in Venezuela has been denied by telecommunications regulator Conatel due to failure to meet a deadline and inexact documentation. Conatel published a communique on Friday in which it said that Radio Caracas Television Internacional, whose signal was suspended from cable programming in January, did not meet the deadline for presenting its application to be entered in the registry of national audiovisual producers.

It also denied the application for the transmission of RCTV Mundo, another channel of the same group, for presenting documentation that was “inexact and incomplete.” The Conatel decision was rejected by Marcel Granier, president of Empresas 1BC, which operates those channels, who denounced “yet another abuse” by that government agency.