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Argentina to create 220 new channels

June 27, 2011

By Chris Forrester

Argentina is to open up broadcasting by creating 220 new channels. Fifty percent of the new frequencies, gained by the switch-off of analogue transmissions, will go to “non-profit” entities, while the balance will go to the private sector. Currently there are just 19 digital channels on the air.

While details are still sketchy it seems that all 42 of the country’s universities will get a channel, and the main cities will each be gifted a municipal channel.

President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, who last week inaugurated two new digital TV transmission towers, is keen to create new jobs, greater creativity and competition in the sector.

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