A Latin Al-Jazeera?
On paper, at least, Telesur sounds like an idea whose time has come. Until now, Spanish-speaking Latin Americans who wanted to watch an international all-news network broadcasting in their language have had a limited menu to choose from: CNN en Espanol or Spain’s government-run Television Espanola. But that will soon change when Telesur, a new venture backed by four left-of-center Latin American governments, begins airing in September from a studio in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. “We have to tune in to CNN, the BBC or Television Espanola to find out what’s happening in neighboring countries,” notes Telesur’s director, Aram Aharonian. “[But] today we are beginning to see ourselves with our own eyes.” Full Story