MEXICO CITY – The Once TV Mexico channel now reaches 44 million people, or 42 percent of the country’s population, marking the first step toward turning the public station into a national network, President Felipe Calderon said.
Once TV Mexico reached just 28 percent of the country’s population, or 29 million people, before Monday, but the station’s signal now reaches Guadalajara, Jalapa, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos, Gomez Palacio, Lerdo, Torreon, Morelia and Los Mochis, adding 15 million additional potential viewers.
A stronger signal is the first step toward turning the channel into a national public television network that reaches all of Mexico and offers private broadcasters access to content from the government, Calderon said.
“This expansion of coverage is possible, among other reasons, because of the cooperation agreement between Once TV Mexico and the Audiovisual Media Promotions Organization, with the decentralized organization now also commencing operations,” Calderon said during a ceremony to launch the venture on Monday.
The goal is to expand public broadcasting offerings in Mexico, the president said.
“I want to let you know that we have started the construction of transmission infrastructure in cities like Monterrey, Durango, Merida, Oaxaca, so that in the next few months, and certainly this year, Channel 11’s signal, that is, Once TV Mexico, will reach practically half of Mexicans, and we’ll continue working until it reaches all Mexicans across the country,” Calderon said.
Once TV Mexico is now broadcasting digitally and can be seen on Channel 33 in Mexico City with much better sound and picture quality, the president said.
Once TV Mexico started operating 51 years ago in a small studio in Casco de Santo Tomas, located in the northern section of Mexico City. EFE