UTECA pushes regional ad ban

Iñaki Ferreras

With Spain's national public broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) due shortly to have its advertising removed, now the national private TV networks want the same situation for the regional public broadcasters.

According to UTECA, the association for the national private TV channels, the possibility of deleting all kinds of advertising is being studied in the regions of Andalucía and the Basque Country for their respective public regional TV channels.

This month the new law on financing TVE could be approved so TVE could implement its new business model as soon as September.

Meanwhile, President of Mediaset's Telecinco, Maurizio Carlotti, has complained about the arrival of new national private TV channels Sogecable's Cuatro and Mediapro's laSexta. The additional competitors have contributed to existing national private TV channels Telecinco and Grupo Planeta's Antena 3 losing much of their revenues, Carlotti claimed.

"The commercial TV stations have passed from gaining €550 million to losing €150 million this year," Carlotti said.

Finally, José Miguel Contreras, laSexta's CEO said there would be payment on DTT in fifteen days’ time.