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Argentine media must transfer radio, television licenses within a year

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  • September 9, 2010

By Maira Magro

A government resolution gives large media companies in Argentina one year, as of Thursday, Sept. 9, to get rid of any broadcast licenses that exceed the maximum number permitted under the new audiovisual communication law, reported Página 12.

The law stipulates that a company cannot have more than 10 radio and television stations with a national reach, and companies also are prohibited from having a broadcast and cable channel in the same location.

According to La Nación, the companies can voluntarily comply, or the government will transfer the licenses for them.

The newspaper Clarín, part of the media group most affected by the restrictions, said that the two resolutions are trying to hurt certain media, and benefit others.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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