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Crowdfunding saves one of Colombia’s most influential television news programs

Noticias Uno, formerly the country’s most renowned public television news program, moved to a private network on Sunday after a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The news program that would be best compared to PBS NewsHour or BBC News announced it would be canceled from public television network Canal Uno.

The announcement triggered the country’s press freedom foundation to claim that the cancellation of Noticias Uno put the “democratic character of Colombia’s state to the test” in September.


‘Democratic character of Colombia’s state put to the test’: press freedom foundation


In order to save itself, the news program kicked off a crowdfunding campaign and went looking for a private network that would allow it to continue broadcasting.

The rescue operation worked. More than 14,000 Colombians committed to a monthly contribution and private television network CableNoticias agreed to broadcast the news program from Sunday on.

The news program additionally keeps its YouTube and social media channels and created its own news website website with the $255,000 (COP900 million) it had collected over the past months.

The big loser of the news program’s move if Canal Uno, which loses one of its most successful programs and its reputation as a public television network with editorial independence.

The big winner is CableNoticias, which can cash in on advertising revenue of the hugely influential news program whose own audience partially covers its production cost.

Meanwhile, press freedom advocates are challenging the ICT law they believe brought about the initial cancellation of the news program and allegedly gave the government virtually absolute control over the airwaves.


Colombia’s new ICT law gives government full control over media: press freedom advocates


Noticias Uno has been broadcasting on Canal Uno for 28 years and has been at the forefront of revealing some of the country’s biggest corruption

Article source: https://colombiareports.com/crowdfunding-campaign-saves-one-of-colombias-most-influential-television-news-programs/

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