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55 Ecuadorian radio, TV broadcasters failed to provide media law statements - Ministry

By Andrew Rogers - Monday, September 23, 2013

Some 55 radio and TV broadcasters in Ecuador failed to provide sworn statements to comply with the recently passed media law, telecoms ministry Mintel said in a release.

The vast majority of broadcasters did comply with the government requirement, with 753 providing statements, while 11 presented statements after the legal deadline and 44 did not present statements.

Organizations which failed to emit the statement affirming their compliance with the law will have their licenses revoked, Mintel said.

Most broadcasting institutions in Ecuador are privately owned, with 68% of terrestrial TV channels and 83% of radio stations in private hands.

However, that looks set to change in the near future, as the media law aims to distribute frequencies evenly between public, private and community media.

The government has hailed the law as a "final blow" to the monopoly and concentration of media in private hands.

However, several press freedom organizations have condemned the law, claiming that the concentration of media by the state would seriously limit freedom of expression and the press by allowing for the discretionary application of sanctions and government censorship.

Regulator advances with public hearing on frequency modification plans

Meanwhile, Ecuador's telecoms regulator Conatel continues to push forward with the implementation of the media law, announcing that it is to hold a public hearing on plans to modify frequencies for TV and radio broadcasting in order to meet the requirements of the recently introduced communications law, Mintel said in a separate release.

The modifications of frequency bands in the 235-245MHz range is aimed to increase the availability of frequencies for radio broadcasting, and provide frequencies for current and potential service providers, the government said.

New frequencies in the 10.15-10.65GHz range will also be made available to operators, Mintel added.

Mintel also announced that it has initiated a process to revoke radio broadcaster Radio Centro de Guayaquil's concession as the organization has failed to pay its license fees for 16 months, accumulating a debt of US$8.64mn.

Radio Centro de Guayaquil appealed the decision, but this was rejected as the company failed to provide a justification regarding the late payments, the government said.