TeleSUR ( Spanish for "Television Station of the South") is a pan-Latin American television network based in Caracas, Venezuela and has correspondents in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States. TeleSUR began broadcasting full-time on October 31, 2005. Instead of commercials TeleSUR broadcasts public service announcements and musical interludes (2).
The following country governments are shareholders in teleSUR and have agreed to contribute technology and content: Argentina 20% share, Uruguay 10% share, Brazil 0% (content and technology only), Cuba 19% share, Venezuela 51% share and Bolivia 5% share (2). The current president of TeleSUR is Andres Izarra.
The intention of TeleSUR is to compete with U.S. and European international news stations, such as the Spanish language CNN En Español , Univisión , or BBC World. The Italian journalist Gennaro Carotenuto says, " Telesur will cover an area from Tierra del Fuego to Canada, reaching 370 million Hispano-Americans, 180 million Brazilians, over 50 million Latinos in the U.S. and 100 million Spanish-speaking viewers in Europe and North Africa"(3)
Aram Aharonian, the Uruguayan journalist who will be the general director states that TeleSUR is "a strategic project that was born out of the need to give voice to Latin Americans confronted by an accumulation of thoughts and images transmitted by commercial media and out of the urgency to see ourselves through our own eyes and to discover our own solutions to our problems. If we do not start there, the dream of Latin American integration will be no more than a salute to the flag"(1) .
Slogan: "Our North is the South."
TeleSUR Web site: http://www.telesurtv.net/
TeleSUR Web cast: http://www.arcoiris.tv/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=34
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