TVE a headache for Spanish government

Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 08-02-2012

The Spanish government is said to be having problems with national public broadcaster TVE since it took €200 million away from its annual budget provoking thoughts of a return to commercial advertising on its programming schedule as compensation.

The most recent tangible evidence of this phenomenon is the cancellation of two of its most successful TV series, 'Aguila Roja' and 'Cuéntame cómo pasó', regarded as too expensive for the cash-strapped broadcaster. The possibility of taking new episodes off the air, the most expensive series in the line-up, and filling the gap with reruns is being evaluated. According to '', this measure would be taken to manage the budget cutback, given the country's economic crisis.
If the isn’t broadcast, TVE will not have to pay off since production costs are paid post-transmission. RTVE's management is against cancelling these hit series, and it is though that they will wait a month to make the final decision while evaluating other possibilities.