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Cable reference id: #05SANTIAGO1539
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Hide header UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 SANTIAGO 001539 SIPDIS SENSITIVE STATE FOR IIP/G/WHA, INR/R/MR, WHA/BSC, WHA/PDA, INR/IAA AMEMBASSIES FOR PAO, IO E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: OPRC [Public Relations and Correspondence], PREL [External Political Relations], KMDR [Media Reaction Reporting], KPAO [Public Affairs Office], CI [Chile], VE [Venezuela], AR [Argentina], BR [Brazil], PE [Peru], UY [Uruguay] SUBJECT: VICE-PRESIDENT OF VENEZUELA'S "TELESUR" SPEAKS TO CHILEAN JOURNALISTS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED---PROTECT ACCORDINGLY ¶1. (U) Summary: The executive vice-president of Venezuelan-Latin American TV Channel "Telesur," Aram Aharonian, visited Chile July 8-11 to promote Venezuela's regional TV project. Aharonian met with Minister-level government spokesman Osvaldo Puccio on July 8, and spoke to an audience of over 130 journalists at the annual Professional Journalists' Association Congress (Colegio de Periodistas) in the coastal city of Vina del Mar on July 9. Although the details of Aharonian's agenda in Chile have not been publicized, center-left "Diario Siete" reported he was unable to meet with the executives of Chile's principal cable television operator VTR. There have been no government or private sector reactions or comments regarding his visit. End summary. ¶2. (U) Mr. Aharonian gave a 30-minute presentation on the proposed Latin American TV channel "Telesur" at the July 9 closing session of the Professional Journalists' Association Annual Congress in Vina del Mar. The presentation included a 15-minute speech followed by a 15- minute promo-tape. Both his remarks and the tape stressed that "Telesur" was created to counter the hegemony of large transnational media conglomerates "from the North," which present a black and white --"but mostly black--" picture of the situation in the region. ¶3. (U) Aharonian underscored that "Telesur" was not a government organization, but rather a "multinational initiative financed by donations from participating countries." Its goal is to build a bridge for Latin American people to heighten understanding, highlight the variety and richness of regional cultures, present a view of the region from a Latin American perspective, and provide a more informed vision of the reality of countries in the region. ¶4. (U) The promo-tape contained several references on the need to counter news coming from huge media conglomerates serving elite political and economic interests. The tape featured President Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, rallies with red flags, and footage of U.S. troops, as it posed questions such as: "Who prosecutes U.S. soldiers involved in arms and narcotic trafficking?" or "Discover the black strings behind Plan Colombia...." ¶5. (U) Approximately 130 journalists representing the 13 regional professional journalism associations in Chile listened attentively to Aharonian's presentation. However, due to the tight schedule, there was no exchange of opinions, or Q&As. Therefore, except for polite applause, there were no immediate reactions to Aharonian's remarks. Aharonian was one of three speakers invited to participate in the closing session of the conference. There were no prominent Chilean journalists from mainstream local media participating in the discussion, and the press did not cover the closing session of the conference. ¶6. (U) On July 9, center-left "Diario Siete" ran an interview with Aharonian. In the interview, Aharonian said he had met with government spokesman Osvaldo Puccio on July 8, and that he had issued "the first invitation to Chile to join the (Telesur) project," in the meeting with Puccio. ¶7. (U) The interview noted that Aharonian had arrived in Chile from Peru on July 8, after a long meeting with president Alejandro Toledo. Reportedly, as a result of that meeting, Peru joined Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and other countries in support of the "Telesur" initiative. "Diario Siete" reported that Aharonian would depart Santiago on Monday, July 11, without meeting any executives at Chile's main cable TV operator, VTR. ¶8. (SBU) Comment: The lack of a meeting with VTR suggests "Telesur" is not getting much traction in Chile, or is not ready to broadcast. In a conversation with an Embassy press assistant, a senior VTR executive said that VTR had no plans to incorporate "Telesur" its current grid of channels available in Chile. He noted that VTR had just implemented a major modification of its grid and the addition of a new channel would imply zero-sum elimination of a current signal. He also said that he was not aware of any contact between VTR and representatives of "Telesur." (Note: VTR is the largest cable operation in Chile, with 92 percent of the country's pay TV market. VTR is 80 percent owned by the U.S. company UnitedGlobalCom, a subsidiary of Liberty Media International. The remaining 20 per cent is owned by Crotalarias Chile, owned by Chilean businessman Ricardo Claro. End note.) YAMAUCHI



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