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TVE takes bullfighting off the air

Spanish pubcaster devoted to kid-friendly TV

Spanish pubcaster TVE has quietly booted bullfighting out of its on-air ring.

But few Spaniards appear worried about the loss. It took nearly six months for Spain’s right-of-center media to even notice. And even then, protests have been mild.

While the sport still commands big ratings on other channels — Andalusian pubcaster Canal Sur’s live fights averaged 26.1% this summer — for most young Spaniards, who dig David Beckham or vidgames, not matadors, bullfighting is just, well, a load of bull.

So TVE, which saves money on broadcast rights, can afford to take the high road and say it’s refusing to air bullfights for the children’s sake. This is, after all, the network that dropped Eurojunior, the kid version of the Eurovision talent contest, saying children were being encouraged to act inappropriately.

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