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Televisa, Azteca partner for benefit show

Rivals bury hatchet for Chiapas peace concert

MEXICO CITY — Bitter TV rivals Televisa and TV Azteca have buried the hatchet to produce a peace concert for Chiapas, Mexico’s war-torn southern state.

The March 3 gig, at Televisa’s 115,000-capacity Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, will air simultaneously on Televisa’s four national stations and both of TV Azteca’s. There will be no commercial breaks or sponsors.

All profits will go toward the peace process in Chiapas, the scene of a six-year insurrection by Zapatistas fighting for indigenous rights.

Mexican rockers Mana and Jaguares will feature on the bill; organizers hope to ink Carlos Santana as well.

“We have seen the war through the TV,” said Televisa chairman-CEO Emilio Azcarraga Jean Tuesday at a press conference, also attended by Azteca chairman-CEO Ricardo Salinas Pliego. “It is time the TV transmitted this message of peace.”

The concert will take place three days before a historic march by the rebels arrives in Mexico City, aimed at putting pressure on President Vicente Fox to ink a peace deal.

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