Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 16-09-2011

The Spanish government wants to apply more stringent control to TV content and is to apply technology designed to ensure programmes comply with the General Law on the Audio-visual.

Spain's Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce has opened a €5 million tender for such technology. The company who wins this bid will be in charge of watching the TV networks to make sure that they fulfil time programming constraints such as those that apply to children programmes and adult content, for example.

This company will also be in charge of the creation of a database of all the broadcastings transmitted by audio-visual services. It will also have to address the needs of different programmes’ audiences such as subtitling, audio-description and sign language services.

The first voices have been heard about this official measure. Such is the case of the Associated Commercial Television Union (UTECA) - in which the national private TV networks are included- which has thought it "logical" that the Ministry of Industry has made up its mind to choose a private company to control the possible transgressions of the Audio-visual Law. "It would be more expensive having to pay government staff for this task so an external private company is cheaper," declared Jorge del Corral, general secretary at UTECA.