Monday, May 27, 2013

Globovision last gasp?

It looks like the end of Globovision as we knew it is at hand.  The top group of journalists is fired or resigning and the network new owners have decided after their meeting with the regime to stop broadcasting anything about Capriles. We even learn that Globovision twitter followers are dropping quite fast, a bare few weeks Globovision had bragged becoming the most followed TV account in Venezuela (Note: for full disclosure I never followed Globovision, too many tweets).

Oh well...  back to the newspapers, nothing left to listen or watch in all of Venezuela....


  1. How much credit should the Cubans get for this?

  2. Anonymous3:10 AM

    Who didn't see this coming? Too controversial to shut them down like RCTV. Buy them out and change the programming. Simple solution.

    These clowns are so predictable because they are reading from an old playbook. Just like maduro trying to be more like chavez by playing with the 1970's era obsolete missiles. Not quite as much press as north korea, but anything to stir the pot. Chavez would have traded more resources for something not quite so obsolete.

    Maduro keeps moving from one idiotic stunt to another in an effort to touch the funny bone of possibly the last person on earth with media access who hasn't laughed at Venezuela yet. What a clown.


  3. Dr. Faustus4:33 AM

    I think this was a huge mistake by those listing themselves as members of the opposition. This should never, ever, have been allowed to happen. Despite Globovisions limited presence in the Venezuelan market (Caracas and Valencia), the loss of media coverage through television will have enormous consequences in the coming months and years. The pueblo don't read newspapers, they watch television. Somebody within the MUD power structure should have stepped in with the financing to keep Globovision active, and thus provide a glimmer of hope. Big mistake.

  4. Anonymous7:18 AM

    This certainly didn't take long. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised, since this was most likely the Chavista goal in the first place, but still - it happened fast.
    I'm guessing newspapers are next. Chavismo, like Socialism, can't survive with anything remotely resembling free flow of information.

    I'm guessing internet censorship will be next.

  5. With today's technology, they will never be able to stop the flow of information. It just can't be done. As of now, Capriles and the MUD will be turned to as the official source of real information via twitter and posted videos on U-Tube. Capriles should appoint is ex-officio Minister of Information now.

  6. Just waiting for them to try shut down the Internet next, that will be fun. But all of tht is wster enegy anyway because like any species, the bolivariano, chavista, madurista or watchamacallit species runs along the Gauss curve and has already passed the peak, the rest is the toboggan slide until the ultimate oblivion. Pretty soon, good bye creole neo-totalitarians, pack your bags and go enjoy your loot far away from here. However, I hope one or two get killed along the way otherwise there is no justice. Get some hammer to be ready to smash Chavez's busts cropping here and there.

  7. Dr. Faustus, my very vague understanding of the matter is that with the change to digital broadcasting Globo was going to require permission from the government to continue in any form, since the government holds the rights to that particular band and since moving to that bad is required by law. Nothing really could be done. If an oppo group had bought it out they would not be allowed to go digital and thus not closed down. The owners got what they could.

    Do correct me here if I am wrong.

    1. Dr. Faustus3:27 PM

      That's valid, but...

      If they used 'the law' to block out Globovision, it would have had international repercussions. It would have taken time and it would have resulted in many protests. Perhaps similar to the student demonstrations concerning RCTV. I still don't like this....

  8. My advice to all.Write, letting no one hold you back.Let nothing stop you, not any man, not the corrupted Cuban machinery, not the smug faced military, nor the sadistic, bureaucrats ( the petty and the not so petty tyrants).
    Your bravado will eventually scare them.Even if it doesn't 'work', nothing good is ever lost and prepares the future for something better.


  9. Globovision Q.E.P.D.

  10. Boludo Tejano10:41 PM

    A headline from the right side of your page:Recently updated blogs about Venezuela in Spanish

    Toto Aguerrevere's Conversations Overheard at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party:
    No Hace Falta RCTV Para Saber Que No Tenemos Con Qué Limpiarnos el Culo

    Which is not to minimize the loss of Globovision, but to add some humor. Say no more.

  11. There is a long way to go yet. They have yet to declare all opposition parties illegal amking elections unnecesary. You don't yet have a completely brainwashed populace (as in North Korea) By interenational standards you still have "relatively" democratic elections (unlike Zimbabwe) You still have a resource that other countries want (unlike somewhere like Haiti) Even in New Zealand, allegedly the least corrupt country in the world we still have politicians who do crazy things such as thinking the law doesn't apply to them. The world is full of headcases. Unfortunately some think they can run countries

  12. Anonymous6:39 AM

    A major hit at any possibility of effective democratic process. And no, I doubt that there would have been 'international repercussion' had Maduro used the law to simply block Globovision, but he wasn't willing to take the chance, obviously, and so manipulated the sale option. No 'international repercussions' because no one really cares. The oil continues to flow; Venezuela is 'one of those S. American countries', and caudillos have, quasi elected or power grabbers, been not unusual in S. America.
    And besides, even were there 'international repercussions', what exactly do you think would take place. No country would break off diplomatic relations, or restrict trade, or whatever. Some 'stiff diplomatic notes' would be sent, together with some minor chest thumping by third string politicians in second string countries. Obama will cough angrily that 'this is not the way to keep folks happy '.
    When will it end ? And how will it end As someone above wrote, it always ends.
    The last election suggests strongly that the Chavez charisma is not transferable, leaving Maduro et al with a serious problem.
    My guess would be that Maduro will be 'out' long before his best buy date, courtesy of his Bolivarian compatriots and varous ambitions amongst them, and that will take the government a further step away from Chavez and away from any legitimacy, finally freeing many poorer Venezuelans from their commitment to supporting Chavism and their refusal to acknowledge the need for change.
    Maybe then.

  13. Half Empty has it right, the writing was on the wall when Conatel announced that Globo would not be allowed to transmit Digitally.

    Globo ownership had no choice at that point.

    Given what has been written about Diosdado's connections to Raul Gorrin, one the the new shareholders, and given the disclosures in the Silva Tape, it is not farfetched to assume that negating Globo the right to switch to the new Digital Standard was the first step in the process.

    Getting the shareholders to sell to straw men that are standing in for Diosdado & Co. was the second step, and now we see the castration of Globovision as the third, and perhaps final, step.

    Counting on Twitter and other media will not be enough, not everybody in Venezuela has Internet on Smartphone, so to reach the masses it will have to be via texting and via Social Media accesible via PC, each with their own weaknesses and ability to be interfered with.

    The next steps will be to deny print media the paper to print on. Easily done when you control the ports and the ForEx control mechanism.

    If they are smart, they will wait until the hubub over Globo dies down.


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