First reform of Spanish 'telebasura' in 25 years

24th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 June 2005, MADRID — The Spanish government has approved the first reform of much-criticised state television in 25 years.

24 June 2005

MADRID — The Spanish government has approved the first reform of much-criticised state television in 25 years.

The cabinet gave the green light to digital television, the establishment of an independent advisory body and a fourth private analogue channel.

Viewers in only 70 percent of the Spanish territory will be able to see the new analogue channel.

Many countries in Europe, among them Britain, are changing to digital television which allows viewers to interact with the television more and increases the quality and number of channels.

The reforms will also mean the head of state television, RTVE, is no longer picked by the government but by the advisory panel.

Deputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega said once the bill relating to the private television received Royal approval, bids for the new licence would be considered.

At present Spain has three terrestrial national channels.

Spain's much-criticised television services — dubbed 'telebasura' or 'rubbish television' by Spaniards because of the low standard of programmes — could also allow Canal + to operate 24 hours a day.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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