Important Media Window Now Closed For Venezuelan Opposition

May 28, 2013

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Anyone that thinks that the loss of Globovision as a possible channel for media communication of the opposition is not that significant, you just have to think back to how Capriles’ presidential campaign against Maduro was born out of a Friday press conference broadcast by Globovision  where Capriles created a “media intrigue” campaign announcing that he was ” considering”  whether to run or not in this unfair campaign on a Friday last March.

Thanks to that press conference, two days later, on Sunday, there was a popular clamor by most of the opposition that Capriles should be its candidate and that evening he held a second press conference, also broadcast live by Globovision, where he did announce that he would be the candidate.

The effectiveness of TV as a medium that weekend was reinforced, as we saw a “new” Capriles, more aggressive, “carajeando a” Nicolas. The traditional opposition loved it, the more radical opposition loved it.

No other TV station carried the press conference live that day.

Without Globovision, I don’t believe for a minute that the impact would have been the same. That beginning made Capriles’ campaign!

So, it is not a matter of Globovision’s editorial line, whether you hate it or not. It is not a matter of whether Globovision torments you or not, it is not a matter of whether Globovision was too political, too pro opposition or the like. No, what matters is that the only window the opposition had in Venezuela to communicate its personalities is now closed. We will no longer see the face of Capriles live, but more importantly, you will not see much of the faces (many of them new ones) of the opposition candidates to the mayoral elections later this year.

VTV will not show any of the opposition activity and will continue 24/7 promoting Chavismo and Madurismo, while all TV stations will be forced to show Maduro’s nationwide broadcasts.

But if the opposition needs to clarify a point about how to vote in an election, the latest scandal of Fonden, or Fondo GuachiGuachi, or the tenth installment of Mario Silva’s communication with Castro, you will not find it anywhere.

Oh yes, social media will carry it, but unfortunately, there is something very powerful of television as  a medium. And starting now, that power, dramatically reduced for the opposition over the last few years, will simply not be available.

The Government now has an almost monopoly of the most powerful media instrument available: television.

And I say almost, because there has to be a plan with Globovision. I never believed for a minute that the whole editorial line and programming would not be changed. I don’t believe for a minute that the latest moves are in reaction to Mario Silva’s tape either. This is the beginning of the execution of a plan. What it is, I don’t know, but you don’t spend a couple of hundred million dollars buying a TV station just to get rid of its audience fast and make the investment worthless in a few months.

If I had to guess, there is a political project behind the purchase, it is not pro-opposition, but it is not wholly pro-Government either.

My guess? Some sort of alternative to Chavismo/Madurismo. New figures promoted shamelessly as an alternative to both or something like that. I have no information pointing to this, but I just don’t believe the explanation that the idea was simply to silence the opposition

Time will tell.

35 Responses to “Important Media Window Now Closed For Venezuelan Opposition”

  1. megaescualidus Says:

    Miguel, I disagree with your last couple of lines: “…I just don’t believe the explanation that the idea was simply to silence the opposition…”. Just wait a little. The clear purpose was to cripple Globovision, and to silence it. No more dissident comments will come out of it. There may be a bit of a transition to being fully under government control. This is a more subtle way of crippling it than how it was done with RCTV.

    • Dr. Faustus Says:

      Agreed. This was indeed “a more subtle way” of eliminating media opposition. Scary stuff. Television, even in the limited markets of Caracas and Valencia, does indeed play a vital role in the dissemination of information to the public. Now Globovision has been neutered. There should be more outrage here.

    • moctavio Says:

      I dont believe anyone spends 200 million and destroy the value just like that, there has to be a plan with it.

      • Kepler Says:

        Pa eso hay dinero, Miguel.
        I just checked out Globovisión’s site. I am sorry I didn’t take a screen shot before.
        It looks just like VTV.

        • Glenn Says:

          Yeah I get your drift except it is not so red in color and it does not have .gob.ve extension…………yet


      • 200 million is nothing to these thieves. It’s not their money they are throwing away. For the government buying Globovision and then destroying it is actually a great deal. No big scandal like closing RCTV was. It is actually what other big companies in the world like Coca cola or Bimbo do. Buy the competition, keep the product but make it bad and hard to get, that way people will buy yours.
        I have always said that one of the biggest mistakes the opposition and Venezuelans against Chavismo/Madurismo make is thinking this people do care one bit about the Country its resources and its people. They want power and money. Globovision was the last bit of TV media power they didn’t control and if you think about it they knew that keeping it will hurt their pockets a lot more than 200 million in the long run, don’t you think?

      • Xavier Says:

        Miguel, out. of curiosity were does the 200 fig come from, sounds ridiculous. I do not belive Globo ever turned more than a few million in profit

        • moctavio Says:

          Its one of the figure I have heard, 200, 60, 30, its the same, Zuloaga sold because it was too good to be true, but nobody pays that much to destory, there were other ways of doing it.

          • TV Says:

            All of these numbers are peanuts for the corruption otherwise prevalent in Venezuela. The revolution wanted Globovision gone, so they destroyed it. The cost was irrelevant.

            It would be funny if the price tag was indeed $200 million and the owner would use the money to create a new TV station that would represent the opposition. It would have very high ratings almost immediatelly, that’s for sure.

  2. Glenn Says:

    “What it is, I don’t know, but you don’t spend a couple of hundred million dollars buying a TV station just to get rid of its audience fast and make the investment worthless in a few months.”

    Really? If it’s true that it’s a back door move by Cabello, perhaps, but government involvement in any way, even discretely with Globo lends itself to taking something of worth and making it worthless. It’s SOP standard operating procedure.

  3. moctavio Says:

    The Government did not buy it.

    • Kepler Says:

      We did. Actually: the new straw owner did that with Venezuelans’ money as provided by the current government officials, those who think that our money is their money.

    • Glenn Says:

      Of course they didn’t, at least not directly. We’ll see in time if Globo is spouting government propaganda like VTV and others.

  4. Ira Says:

    What the hell happened?

  5. Too Sad Says:

    Sadly, Venezuela looks every minute that goes by, more and more just like Cuba. It really breaks my heart to see such a beautiful country and its people being held hostage by another foreign and unsuccessful country. But what really saddens me is how the whole process is structured. Fidel and his brother are not supermen and can’t be everywhere, listening and spying on everyone; they created a system of dependence and oppression with an infrastructure of many “idiots” who are hungry for “power”, are too afraid or simply sell themselves for nearly nothing to overcome their pauper living. And that is what we have had in Venezuela for the last 14 years and now the final screws are being tighten to duplicate the Cuban regime syle.

  6. Too Sad Says:

    I meant to say style for my last word

    • Noel Says:

      I do believe that an important consideration for the Globovision deal was to silence the opposition; call it insurance for the regime, although, if the intent of the regime is to do away with real elections (remember comment of Silva in the tape in which Fidel was supposedly surprised they still took place in Venezuela), the issue may soon become moot.

      An equally important consideration may be to control all means of information and opinion making, a Venezuelan Big Brother if you wish, to gradually remake society into a more easily malleable dough (whether it would work is another story).

      As to no longer being able to make money, I think that with telenovelas, game shows, sports events and the like, there are plenty of opportunities for the new owners to make a nice profit.

  7. firepigette Says:

    It is devastating to lose Globovision.Nothing can replace television for reaching, and moving the people.But there are quite a few wishful thinkers who are saying:

    No hay mal que por bien no venga…

    It does not make a difference if the standards of GV were up to our wishes or not.It matters what works for most people and how bad this will be for the opposition in general.

    I agree with PabloOrtega , destroying the competition is a good enough reason for them, and since when are these clowns handling money efficiently? haha, NEVER!

  8. xp Says:

    My guess? Some sort of alternative to Chavismo/Madurismo.

    Right wing chavvies tripping up the competition.
    Deng Xiaoping – here we come.
    famous quote:-
    It doesn’t matter whether the cat is red, tracherous or ripe, as long as it catches mice.

  9. concerned Says:

    This could quite possibly be the most efficient and logical move ever promoted by this government. Whether it was purchased directly from maduros hand or through more subliminal means, the result is the same…Silenced Opposition. They have thrown more money at dead horses and destroyed lesser productions than this without blinking an eye.

  10. Ira Says:

    Again I ask, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!?

  11. moctavio Says:

    Globovision was sold and they have begun cancelling programs and forbid them to cover Capriles live.

  12. NET Says:

    MO, I agree it is a serious blow to the Oppo’s visibility. Remembering the purchase of Venezuela’s only and long-running English-language newspaper, “The Daily Journal”, some 10 years or so ago, when it was hemmoraghing red ink, reputedly by the Government under the guidance of Diosdado, only to change editorially to pro-Chavez, and be closed a year or so later, one might think that a similar financing (although much larger)/motivation/eventual end is behind the Globovision purchase….

  13. Tomate Says:

    In a normal market, TV income is a function of its audience and advertisers pay a fair rate to reach their target. My guess is that GV will either have a new strategy to reach its target (ie: novelas, etc) or more likely, they don’t give a crap about audiences and will make money through public announcements and advertising government owned companies… They will make money through “guisos” and not through the value of their audience


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  16. Morpheous Says:

    The plan is not just to take over Globovision. Who knows what is the complete strategic plan. It must have been designed by Cuban intelligence. If the Castros prevail in Venezuela, which wouldn’t surprise me, the whole Latin America is next. Many governments that now ignore the problem in Venezuela or even recognize Maduro as a legitimate president will regret to have done so. I hope I am wrong.

    • megaescualidus Says:

      Morpheus,

      I don’t agree with your comment “If the Castros prevail in Venezuela, which wouldn’t surprise me, the whole Latin America is next”. I think the crown jewel of Cuba’s sphere of influence is Venezuela and every other country that may also fall within that sphere is an enabler to “owning” Venezuela (via clout in the OAS – Organization of American States, etc., etc.). The reason is non other than, precisely, the Devil’s Excrement (el cochino petroleo) and Venezuela’s proven reserves (the largest in the world, or if not, the second or third largest?). In any case, I don’t agree with your “domino effect” scenario, where after Venezuela the whole Latin America will follow. First, Fidel (if he’s still alive) already owns Venezuela. Second, though Fidel does already “own” a few other Latin American countries (Nicaraga, Ecuador, Bolivia, for example) he doesn’t own and there currently isn’t a path for him to own a couple critical other ones (Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru).

    • Kepler Says:

      Morpheous,
      I don’t think that could be the case. Most major countries are just plundering Venezuela but they don’t want to be dominated by such a country as Cuba. Argentina’s Kirchner people just want power and use their crappy ideology to stay in power in Argentina. Brazil is trying to expand in Spanish America by promoting the differences and weaknesses of all Spanish American countries. Rouseff is excited by some ideological ideas, but the main engine of Brazil is business interests. Colombians will never fall for Cuba. They just want the nice trade surplus they have with Venezuela (like Brazil, although Brazil’s surplus is much bigger).
      Chileans – not a chance. The same goes for Peru.

      Venezuelan petrodollars are becoming more and more ineffective. That’s normal as corruption takes its toll.

      It’s Venezuelans who are the laughing stock of the continent.


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