Telepacifico launches Origen Channel, Colombia’s DTT ethnic channel

Colombian TV channel Telepacifico today launched Origen Channel, its second DTT frequency, with content ‘directed, produced, starred and inspired by the indigenous and Afro-Colombian universe’, said Cesar Galviz Molina, Telepacifico’s General Manager. 

The channel will feature African-American and indigenous productions from Valle del Cauca, Cauca, Choco and Nariño, the four main Colombian afro departments. Galvez Molina also said that the main Origen Channel contents will include documentaries, reports, interviews, live programs and others, and indicated that the channel will broadcast ‘all those formats focused on the indigenous and Afro world in Colombia’.

The executive also said that, although the channel will be available through DTT, ‘we are organizing a very powerful proposal that will allow us, in about six or twelve months, to be on cable operator’s programming grids by a mandatory measure’.

Galviz also said that the channel will initially broadcast archived content prepared by Telepacífico about the Afro and indigenous world, although Origin Channel will also have third-party contents on it programming grid. ‘The second source of content is the permanent exchange we have with the regional channels. Telecafe made Cimarronas, Telecaribe has done many very interesting things too, as well as contents of Señal Colombia. There is another type of material that we do with the public TV network in Latin America and also with private operators. We have agreements ran with public TV networks with countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador’, he said.