B’casters resist Congress move

World Brief

Mexico’s Congress asked the government Wednesday to put the cable-only Congress Channel, the local equivalent of C-SPAN, on terrestrial television.

Move would “show the Mexican people what it is we are doing to try to rescue the image of the legislative branch,” said Romulo Campuzano, a senator for the National Action Party.

The surprise request was met with immediate resistance by the two largest broadcasters, Grupo Televisa and TV Azteca, as the bulk of costs of an open-air Congress Channel, including antennas, repeaters and studios, would fall to them. Early estimates put the price tag at $82 million.

The proposal calls for initial broadcast only in Mexico City and the surrounding area, with nationwide coverage coming later.

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