Argentina to end TV monopolies

Cuts the number of licenses firms can hold

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina plans to improve competition in the TV sector by cutting in half the number of licenses firms can hold from the present 24.

The changes may force the country’s big three entertainment companies — Grupo Clarin, Grupo Uno and Spain’s Telefonica — to sell off TV assets.

This month pols will seek congressional approval of the broadcasting reform.

If approved, the bill will “break up the monopolized concentration” in the industry to “guarantee a plurality of voices,” Gabriel Mariotto, head of federal broadcasting regulator Comfer, told senators in La Plata, Buenos Aires province.

It will also change the definition of broadcasting to service from business.

The bill, which is based on U.S. legislation, restricts how many licenses can be owned by any holder in any geographic area.

The broadcasting spectrum will be divided equally between non-governmental organizations, the state and private sector.

More TV

  • Gabrielle Carteris

    SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Deals on Non-Primetime TV, Telemundo

    BUENOS AIRES — Argentina plans to improve competition in the TV sector by cutting in half the number of licenses firms can hold from the present 24. The changes may force the country’s big three entertainment companies — Grupo Clarin, Grupo Uno and Spain’s Telefonica — to sell off TV assets. This month pols will […]

  • Issa Rae, Natasha Rothwell and Yvonne

    'Insecure' Season 3 to Introduce New 'Timely' Show Within The Show

    BUENOS AIRES — Argentina plans to improve competition in the TV sector by cutting in half the number of licenses firms can hold from the present 24. The changes may force the country’s big three entertainment companies — Grupo Clarin, Grupo Uno and Spain’s Telefonica — to sell off TV assets. This month pols will […]

  • Man in the High Castle

    Amazon Renews 'The Man in the High Castle' for Season 4

    BUENOS AIRES — Argentina plans to improve competition in the TV sector by cutting in half the number of licenses firms can hold from the present 24. The changes may force the country’s big three entertainment companies — Grupo Clarin, Grupo Uno and Spain’s Telefonica — to sell off TV assets. This month pols will […]

  • 'Supergirl,' 'Arrow' Producers Stars Talk New

    'Supergirl,' 'Arrow' Producers Stars Talk New Cast Members, Showrunners

    BUENOS AIRES — Argentina plans to improve competition in the TV sector by cutting in half the number of licenses firms can hold from the present 24. The changes may force the country’s big three entertainment companies — Grupo Clarin, Grupo Uno and Spain’s Telefonica — to sell off TV assets. This month pols will […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content