June 29, 2007
MEXICO CITY -- The head of an opposition-aligned Venezuelan television station that was forced off the air by that nation's government said he has received offers to co-produce and transmit programming from Mexico.
Marcel Granier, whose Radio Caracas Television went off the air May 27 after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez decided not to renew its broadcast license, vowed Tuesday to keep trying to reach Venezuelan audiences by any means possible.
He said he had ''good friends'' in Mexico's two major TV networks.
''Our commitment . . . is to reestablish that contact [with Venezuelans], either from Venezuela or from abroad, by any means possible, by cable, by satellite, by Internet,'' Granier told reporters.
However, he did not specify what arrangements or deals he was considering in Mexico.
Granier spoke after a meeting in which former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar railed against what he called an ''alarming'' increase in populist governments and said they would condemn Latin America to tyranny and irrelevance.
Aznar did not name any leaders in the region, but Chávez is among those often referred to as a populist.
Critics argue Chávez is trying to muzzle his opponents by not renewing RCTV's license, which expired May 27. The president defends the move as a means of democratizing the airwaves by turning over the signal to a state-funded public broadcasting station.