Uruguay to control national content quotas on TV

Uruguay’s Communications Services Regulatory Unit (Ursec in Spanish) will start monitoring the broadcast of minimum percentages of national content on radio and TV, Ursec director Nicolás Cendoya told El Observador.

This is established by the Law of Audiovisual Communication Services of that country. Ursec will begin the control in the radios in November and on TV in May of 2018. To this end, the regulator has already requested affidavits from all commercial audiovisual media.

According to the Uruguayan media, article 60 of Law 19,307 establishes that free-to-air TV stations, commercial and public, must broadcast 60% of national productions or co-productions on their programming. Two of the three commercial channels said that they “exceed” the expected minimum. The radios, meanwhile, must offer 30% of national music.