New TV programme for Ecuadorians
4 March 2004, MADRID - A new television programme for Ecuadorians, the biggest group of foreigners in Spain, will start this weekend, it was announced Thursday.
4 March 2004
MADRID - A new television programme for Ecuadorians, the biggest group of foreigners in Spain, will start this weekend, it was announced Thursday.
"Ecuador, latitud cero" (Ecuador: Latitude Zero), a half-hour show to be broadcast weekly, is the product of an agreement between Spain's Localia TV and Ecuador's Canal 1 Internacional and hopes to serve as a bridge between the two cultures, said Localia executive Joaquin Guereñu.
It is aimed at the 400,000 Ecuadorians who live in Spain.
The programme aims to serve a dual purpose by providing a service to the Ecuadorian community and bringing Spaniards in touch with this group, eliminating "the stereotypes and prejudices," Guereñu said.
Four respected Ecuadorian journalists are in charge of the show's content: Patricial Villarruel, the winner of the country's National Journalism Prize; Jose Vicente Habze, a Canal 1 correspondent; Raul Jimenez, a spokesman for the bi-national Rumiñahui association; and Erika von Berliner.
The struggle to "not lose contact with reality in Ecuador and assimilate to the country that has taken us in" is the premise of the program, said host Villarruel, adding that it is a show created "by and for" Ecuadorians.
Diplomats from the Ecuadorian Embassy attended the press conference announcing the show, joined by representatives of Ecuadorian groups in Spain and executives from both channels.
Canal 1 Internacional president Marcelo Rivas said his network "cannot ignore the reality of the Ecuadorian community" which is so significant in Spain.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news