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Chilean officials seeing Red

B'caster charged with violating local management law

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s national TV council (CNT) has reportedly brought charges against broadcaster La Red, which is 75%-owned by Mexico’s TV Azteca, for having foreigners in executive positions.

Local law permits foreign ownership but requires that broadcasters continue to be managed by Chileans, and if the charges are upheld, La Red could lose its license.

A CNT spokesman explained that although they had not officially been advised who occupied these positions, the press has repeatedly identified and quoted Frenchman Vincent Laliere as exec director and Mexican Ramon Delgado as programming manager.

In response to Chilean media reports, TV Azteca issued a statement late Wednesday denying any formal complaint had been made but adding that Laliere and Delgado were employees of holding company TV Azteca Chile and merely advisers to La Red.

Venezuela’s Cisneros Group solved such a situation at its ChileVision network several years ago by naming its foreign execs as advisers.

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