Uruguay’s Government announced the winners of the tender for the three TV channels that must be included in the country’s pay TV operators grids. The channels, chosen from a resolution of the Industry, Energy and Mining Ministry, were Eutopía TV, TV Libre and Canal U, while Cardinal TV, belonging to the Uruguayan Pay TV Chamber (CUTA), was not taken into account.
The process was implemented by a call for a public tender, developed by the Uruguayan Audiovisual Communication Services Law (No. 19,307), of 2014. The channels must have 80% of their productions made in the country. The call for the contest was made by the Communications Services Regulatory Unit (URSEC).
Eutopía TV is owned by media entrepreneur Federico Fasano, owner of the Uruguayan newspaper La República. The businessman, also the owner of the news website ‘La Red 21’ (LR21), will be the director of the channel, and will share its ownership with Ruben Villaverde, former director of the Cuesta Duarte Institute of the PIT-CNT (Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores – Convención Nacional de Trabajadores). TV Libre, another of the winners, belongs to the newspaper La República, will have news, opinion programs and magazines among its most relevant content. Finally, Canal U (Union Continental Latinoamericana), founded in 2013, is controlled by Robert Rocha and Pablo Scotellaro and will have programming from several Latin American countries.